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2017

Colombo, August 20, 2017

Tops TRCSL 3G speed tests from November 2016

There are many claims in the market of varying internet speeds, the only body authorised to carry out speed test in Sri Lanka the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission of Sri Lanka (TRCSL), released its latest publication of internet speeds by service providers on their website ( www.trc.gov.lk). Accordingly Airtel recorded the fastest mobile internet service provider in the country recording a maximum data speed of 24.2 Mbps and an average speed of 12.4 Mbps on their 3G network. A position they have held onto since November 2016.

Sri Lankan smart phone user on an average spends 3 hours a day using the internet. TRCSL monthly speed test has become the benchmark by which discerning customers make their choice for an internet service provider. Bharti Airtel Lanka as the Sri Lanka’s fastest 3G internet service provider for the 6th consecutive publications, a feat not achieved by any network since the inception of the speed tests.

Commenting on the on the results, Mr. Jinesh Hegde CEO of Airtel Lanka said, “The use of mobile devices have shifted prominently from making calls to the use of data. We at Airtel having seen these signs a couple of years ago we continuously invested towards amazing customer online experience with the deployment of technologies resulting in a 40% increase in speeds. Our engineers work around the clock to ensure we keep to these standards and it is testament of their hard work. We will continue to improve our online customer experience in keeping with our organization’s mission of enriching lives of our community”

Airtel’s success story lies in its adaptation of advanced technological application to generate high speed data delivery. Airtel incorporates ‘Smart Cache Technology’ which regularly stores the frequently used content of a customer in local servers instead of off shore servers. This method not only enables Airtel to deliver content much faster to customers, as it eliminates external interruptions. In addition, Airtel uses ‘Dual Carrier Technology’ which uses 2 channels for data transfer, doubling the internet speeds to offer hassle-free user experience exclusively for the Airtel customers.

With its focus on delivering an unmatched internet experience for Sri Lankans, Airtel has seen a commendable rise in market share and subscriber base especially among the youth in the country. Recent research studies revealed Airtel to be the preferred mobile network for Sri Lanka’s youth. With further endorsements from social media giant Facebook as the most relevant choice for Sri Lankan youth, Airtel has truly cemented its position as the leading mobile internet service provider in the country.

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Colombo, June 01, 2017

Bharti Airtel, a leading global telecommunications company with operations in 17 countries across Asia and Africa, pioneered to assist those who are affected by the recent floods. Anyone can locate a missing Airtel customer through the number 0752443443 to find the last location of their loved ones during the disaster.

As at 01st of June 2017, ninety six (96) people are still missing after the torrential rains wreak havoc across fifteen districts of the Island. Victimized families are at unrest, largely depending on rescue missions to find information about missing people. Airtel rose with their trusted telecommunication facilities to help the affected community to recover from this adverse situation.

The facility aids to locate the missing ones via a SMS sent to Airtel. Airtel requests to SMS, the AIRTEL NUMBER (space) NAME of the missing person to 0752443443 and Airtel will revert to the customer with the last location of the missing person. Based on the location which the specific number was last used, the location is notified to the requester and the missing person will also be notified via SMS.

Concerned about the safety of the nation, Airtel has further initiated a free of charge safety alerts system to inform safe and risk-prone locations to its customers.

Acknowledging the vitality of being connected during an emergency, Airtel managed to restore all the affected towers within days. Airtel dedicated to provide uninterrupted service to its customers by keeping all their networks functioning while letting providing free calls & SMSs and were given higher recharge loans for Airtel user in the disaster areas to stay connected with the loved ones during the nation’s disaster situation.

Apart from the technological support given, Airtel employees volunteered to hand over much needed recovery items for the disaster victims impacting over 5000 members across kalawana, Molkawa, Thalawama and Agalawatte effected communities.

Testimony from Rathnapura: “Airtel network was the only network which was connected during the 3 days of the heavy rain” – Ms. Pavithra Nisansala Wimalasooriya – Asst. Divisional Secretary, Kalawana – Ratnapura District.

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Colombo, May 22, 2017

For the first time in Sri Lanka, Airtel Lanka has introduced a high definition movie portal – ‘Airtel Movie Box’ - for the smart phone users across the country. The dedicated service will offer highly sought after Sinhala movies giving ultimate viewing pleasure with user-friendly feel. Airtel Movie Box was unveiled by Airtel’s Brand Ambassador Pooja Umashankar at a recent press conference held in Colombo.

Airtel Movie Box, the largest Sinhala movie data base, offers over 500 movies in high definition video quality and will be available digitally for Airtel customers island-wide. The service will revive movies going back to the golden era of the silver screen to latest release adding the greatest convenience of availability for viewing any time, any day from anywhere from a smartphone.

Airtel is launching this app in exclusive partnership with Evoke International to provide customized solutions to the rapidly growing young online audience. In line with the objective of developing local talent, Airtel Lanka partners with local talent to empower local community and move forward supporting each other for innovation.

“Airtel takes great measures to understand each customer closely, engage them and introduce something new as our customer loyalty is all about being relevant and superior. Consumer behaviour is changing rapidly and for them to remain loyal, we must identify and meet their requirements even before they express them. Being a telecommunications service provider, it gives us the opportunity of connecting people and contribute to the growth of industries in a country. Airtel will continue to invest more in high quality content from entertainment to education for the benefit of the youth of Sri Lanka,” Mr. Jinesh Hegde, Chief Executive Officer of Airtel Lanka, stated.

Sharing his views concerning the new initiative, Chief Executive Officer / Managing Director of Evoke International Mr. Lahiru Wickramesinghe said, “Airtel’s partnership with Evoke is one among many such initiatives that aim to invigorate the market and usher in superior services to Sri Lankan customers.”

Airtel Movie Box will be available for all Airtel customers for a conveniently affordable subscription of Rs.10 per day, Airtel’s 40% faster 3Ginternet position supported by the Telecommunication Regulation Commission (TRC) speed tests, will offer an uninterrupted streaming of data for the viewers. The exclusive service will be available for android phone users via an app, while other smartphone users can enjoy the service via www.videounlimited.lk. Any user can subscribe on a daily basis without requiring a monthly commitment, as the subscription is paid by the day.

“The Airtel Movie Box – powered by the Vindana mobile application, is a truly remarkable mobile application that adds value to the local entertainment industry. It largely benefits all Airtel customers, as they now have access to a vast variety of local movies on their very own mobile device, opposed to having to visit the cinema, in order to watch a new movie release. I applaud Evoke International and Airtel Sri Lanka, for its support in the propelling of the local entertainment industry; and I am proud that our nation has been given the opportunity to explicitly present its rich culture and values.” Actor & Director - Mr. Channa Perera stated.

About Bharti Airtel Lanka (Pvt) Ltd.

Bharti Airtel Lanka a member of the 3rd largest telecommunication network provider with a global footprint of 20 countries, commenced commercial operations of services in Sri Lanka in 2009, and was the fastest operator to reach 1 million customers. Airtel’s CSR policy takes a stand to be ALIVE to the needs of society as we want them to feel INCLUSIVE by enriching their lives through the act of RESPECT for all stakeholders, are truly lived across the entire supply chain of partners, customers and youth – as Airtel Lanka’s commitment to the society. Registered under the Board of Investment in Sri Lanka, Airtel Lanka provides digital mobile services that include voice, data and enterprise solutions. For further details please visit: www.airtel.lk

About Evoke International (Pvt) Ltd. .

Evoke International (Pvt) Ltd, established in 2007, is a fully-fledged solutions provider that delivers solutions and systems to bring about prevalent business enhancements to clients of various stature, via accessibility to an extensive range of expertise in the domain of innovative, effective and expedient value added services; the company has proved to aid in the propelling of the Mobile Service Market into the future, via effectively developing, managing and marketing mobile related solutions. The company’s success has further been recognized internationally, this has enabled it to harness clients from markets in the Middle Eastern and African countries. With Evoke; innovation, modernization and enhancements can be considered its forte; the company constantly strives for excellence and advancement, principally in the specialty of entertainment solutions.

Captions:
1. Mr. Jinesh Hegde, Chief Executive Officer of Airtel Lanka

2. From left to right: Popular film director and actor Channa Perera, Chief Executive Officer of Airtel Lanka Mr. Jinesh Hegde, Airtel’s Brand Ambassador and actress Pooja Umashankar and Chief Executive Officer/Managing Director of Evoke International Mr. Lahiru Wickramesinghe at the launch of ‘Airtel Movie Box’ mobile app.

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Colombo, 08th May 2017

For the many customers who have upgraded their smartphones and experienced interruptions in their internet services, Airtel has provided a solution. With its latest tie up with Gemalto (Euronext NL0000400653 GTO), Airtel Lanka is now able to automatically detect and configure most of its subscriber devices automatically without human intervention, thus allowing users to enjoy uninterrupted access to their favorite internet sites. Gemalto’s LinqUs Device Management platform is currently one of the most advanced in the world. It boasts one of the largest knowledge repository of over 100,000 device references. Which is constantly being upgraded and includes the latest local, and even non-branded models not recognized by GSMA.

Speaking on the occasion Mr Jinesh Hegde said “Youth are always the early adopters of any trend, it is the same with smart phone devices. However we find that a lot of them experience interruptions to their internet services because networks fail to correctly identify the type of device and device settings. With this service we will be able to offer uninterrupted services regardless to the kind of device upgrade. Thus allowing our customers to experience 40% faster internet.”

“In Sri Lanka the smartphone vendors are competing to launch low cost models to capture the local market, increasing device diversity like never before,” Said Micheal Au, President South Asia and Japan at Gemalto. He further added, “With our complete solution, now Airtel can not only save up to 40% of customer care costs due to configuration related issues, but also boost customer intimacy and revenues with accurate analysis of devices and usage patterns.

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2015

New Delhi, October 14, 2015

The Adam Smith Awards are a global benchmark for achievement in treasury and related fields

Bharti Airtel Limited (“Airtel”), the world’s third largest mobile operator with operations in 20 countries across Asia and Africa, today said that its Treasury division has been adjudged as a highly commended winner of the Top Treasury Team (Asia) Awards at the Adam Smith Asia Awards 2015.

The Treasury division was also the overall winner of the Adam Smith Asia Award 2015 in the First Class Relationship Management category, where Airtel has been recognised for fostering outstanding relationships across the ecosystem – lenders across banks, NBFCs & multilateral agencies as well as rating agencies, debt & equity investors and analysts.

Harjeet Kohli, Group Treasurer. Bharti Airtel said, “We are delighted to receive the Awards. The recognition allows us to look back and appreciate the depth and breadth of what has been achieved while pushing us to raise the bar for the future. Our focus continues to be a strong business partner – enabling superior business growth, via a diversified and deep financing pool, risk & liquidity management and effective navigation of global markets.”

The Adam Smith Awards are recognised globally as the ultimate benchmark for achievement in strategies of treasury management that showcase the industries best and brightest and demonstrate exceptional innovation in the Asia corporate treasury arena. For this year’s Awards, over 200 nominations were received from a broad range of companies in terms of size and industry sector, with every major country and territory of the Asia-Pacific region represented.

Bharti Airtel’s Group Treasury has been earlier recognised as ‘Top Treasury Team, Asia’ Award at the 2014 Euro Finance Treasury Awards for Excellence in Asia, ‘Top Treasury Team Asia 2014’ at the Adam Smith Awards Asia 2014 apart from being the Highly Commended Winner of the “Best Financing Solution” Category in the same year.

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“I believe in the concept of treating employees as you would expect to be treated”– Hegde

By- Sara Pathirana
Bharti Airtel has been present in Sri Lanka for nearly seven successful years now and has proven themselves to be ever so popular among the youth demographics in Sri Lanka. With a global penetration of over 335 million subscribers from over 20 countries across Asia and Africa, Airtel initially commenced operations and underlined the significance of IT outsourcing as a means of bringing costs down in the process.
With Airtel’s latest youth focused digital campaign titled ‘Be Brave’ already up and running, Airtel maintains a steady equilibrium in terms of reaching their target audience, visibly in this case, the Sri Lankan youth and strives to add a fixture of attainment in the form of an ultramodern service to the entire country.
With an exclusive for the Daily News Business ‘Tea with CEO’ column, we caught up with Bharti Airtel Lanka (Pvt) Ltd., Chief Executive Officer/Managing Director, Jinesh Hegde for some insight on Airtel’s operations in Sri Lanka.

Q1. Can you elaborate to us about the role you play at Airtel and the successive path the company has taken in Sri Lanka?

A1. I joined Airtel Lanka as CEO nearly three months ago and for the first two months I had engaged in travelling around the country, visiting all our branch locations and zonal offices, meeting all employees, frontline people and distributors as well. My intention was to understand the people, the culture and use the opportunity as a learning curve while inspiring myself in the process hence my perceptions were able to go through a ‘cleansing’ process. Through this process, I was also able to conduct a brainstorming session with my team at the Head Office with regard to my observations.
My interpretation of Airtel is that it’s very strong in the youth segment and we found ourselves at large when it came to our approach in our launch programs. So, globally too we have recognized ourselves to be a strong fixture among young people and we consider them as our main market; our target audience.
Sri Lankan youth have shown great interest in the way we have positioned our brand and so our penetration into that segment has no doubt become very good. We also focus strongly on increasing our footprint gradually depending on the demand and we work to intensify our points of sale, where we establish ourselves firmly island-wide in order to service our customers so we can sell our products and services.

Q2. What are your general views about the telecom and digital industry in Sri Lanka?

A2. I have to say that telecom related services in Sri Lanka have no doubt reached a commendable stage today in terms of its quality of service and affordability of prices. Sri Lanka enforces some of the lowest tariffs in the world, which is praiseworthy therefore the telecom industry should constantly keep investing if its aim is to reach even greater heights in keeping up with global transformations.
Sri Lanka is way ahead in social media penetration when compared to the other sub-continent countries. 3.3 million Sri Lankans already have access to Facebook and this is a clear indication that we should keep our prime focus on youth penetration.

Q3. What factors do you think sets Airtel apart from the competition?

A3. We take a good look at ourselves and ruminate on the positive attributes that sets us forward. We concentrate both on the good side of the work and recollect any weaknesses and focus on its rectification. Airtel Lanka comprises of four brand stores, 29 partner owned outlets, 50 service (seva) centres, 45,000 retail points and over 1800 network towers across the island and 90% of the population (in terms of coverage) utilizes Airtel as a preferred network service. There are 1317 3G and 1836 4G sites located across the country and we are looking further at increasing our network presence by constantly adding more sites. .

Q4. Can you tell us more about Airtel’s campaign ‘Be Brave’?

A4. With the current digital campaign we had launched via Facebook as well as through a teaser television ad, we achieved more than a million hits through the Facebook page in three days, which was phenomenal. There has been a lot of enthusiasm that had followed ever since. Our focus was to encourage youth to embrace themselves, be brave and to go for life as it is but by challenging themselves. (Through sporting activities such as football, tennis, cricket or rugby). The whole idea behind the campaign was to help individuals to connect, empower and explore themselves. So far, we have achieved more than 37,000 likes and over 8000 shares which is likely to keep growing. .

Q5. Anything exciting that Airtel Lanka has in store for its customers?

A6. We have always proven to be an aspiring and inspiring brand and it is my pleasure to introduce ‘Smart Cache Technology’ into our ever progressing services range. Network performance centers at Airtel have been constantly on the lookout to enhance internet speed therefore this technology could be considered as a futuristic approach to be on par with the latest trends.
Where data would otherwise be acquired into our mobile phones and PC’s through globally located servers, this technology assists in recognizing and classifying the customer’s requirement and then storing that content into Airtel’s own local servers. This improves the speed of the internet by taking a shorter route.

Q6. What are your views about the local workforce at Airtel?

A6. Airtel employs over 3000 direct and indirect employees across the country. We have also been recognized as the ‘Best Place to Work in Sri Lanka’ for the year 2015. I believe in the concept of treating employees as you would expect to be treated. I instill in people the attitude of embracing and enjoying their workplace and their roles and responsibilities. I ensure that everyone feels excited about coming to work at the start of their work day and leaves work at the end of the day feeling satisfied. Airtel’s penetration in terms of retail services is divided across seven zones around the country and I am yet in the process of visiting each and every working member on the ground. We encourage employee engagement and interact with them in order to get a pulse of what happens on the ground. Engaging with them in this manner constitutes a lot of insight into our workforce and this will also give them a feeling of belonging towards their workplace.

BRIEF:

  • Jinesh Hegde is a Mechanical Engineer by profession.
  • Hegde graduated with a Management Degree program from the London Business School (LBS).
  • Hegde worked at Bharti Airtel from 2001 to 2009 in India.
  • He commenced his second stint with Airtel by joining the company in Sri Lanka.
  • Hegde is a fun-loving individual and enjoys dancing and encourages his employees to come on board during orientations and such meetings.
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Colombo, 28th September 2015

  • Within a short period of operation in Sri Lanka, Airtel now ranks amongst the top telecom operators maintaining the highest 3G ratio across the sub-continent
  • 75% of the Airtel network is now 3G enabled
  • Continues to accelerate network expansion with the objective of giving customers a better Internet experience

Bharti Airtel, a leading global telecommunications company with operations in 20 countries across Asia and Africa, today announced that the company will continue to invest heavily on network expansion with the objective of giving Airtel customers located in Urban, Sub-Urban and Rural pockets a better Internet experience. Bharti Airtel Lanka’s Chief Executive Officer/Managing Director Jinesh Hegde confirmed that the company would continue to invest on network expansion and would focus on customer data experience. This expansion project would thereby see Airtel Lanka increasing its 3G presence to over 75 % of its network across the island which is amongst the highest 3G ratio available across the sub-continent. As part of this extensive expansion project, Airtel will continue to deploy robust and world class network infrastructure and equipment to strengthen its customers’ high speed data connectivity and mobile internet experience.

Continuing on the momentum of being the fastest expanding network in Sri Lanka, Bharti Airtel Lanka boasts of the fact that during the last two quarters of the 2014/15 financial year, the company has invested over SLR 1 billion on enhancing and upgrading the existing 3G footprint ensuring superior data experience to customers. The company further detailed that it would continue to invest on a regular basis and further strengthen its network connectivity with Internet having multiple interconnection points which will invariably help customers have a superior 3G experience.

Commenting on this, Bharti Airtel Lanka’s Chief Executive Officer/Managing Director Jinesh Hegde stated that “Within a short period of market operation in Sri Lanka, we have been and still continue to be the fastest expanding network. This proves that our customers experience the best coverage which is in par with competitors located not only in Sri Lanka but within the subcontinent. Airtel has always changed the way the telecom business operates within the country and we will continue to ensure that our customers feel our presence within the telecom landscape in Sri Lanka”.

Hegde further stated that “It is now time for us to change the language of the telecom business – from being a basic mobile telecommunication organization to a specialized mobile internet organization. With this in mind, we will continuously invest heavily on our 3G network. Our new HSPA+ network infrastructure uses cutting edge technology and is designed to deliver a world class data experience for our customers in Sri Lanka. We are confident that this network expansion and upgrade will empower our customers living at any part of the island to experience high speed and seamless access to Internet services –allowing them to enjoy the best online experience across a host of activities including emailing, downloading, uploading, live streaming, social networking etc”.

Along with the commitment towards enhancing Airtel’s network presence across Sri Lanka and continuing to work towards new ways of delivering a seamless network experience to customers, Hegde further iterated that “According to a report from Cyber Media Research, smartphones shipments in Sri Lanka has increased by 100% to account for more than 20 % of total mobile phone sales. This proves that that the Sri Lankan customer is now ready for Internet options that suits his/her needs. In keeping to this new trend of digital empowerment, we will continue to explore new opportunities and connect with those who are yet to be connected – facilitating, enriching and uplifting their lives to get closer to what they love. We have also started increasing the number of customer touch points across the island thus delivering on a promise hinged on reliability, affordability and accessibility”.

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21st September 2015, Colombo
L-R: Chandrashekhar Singh Chauhan – Head of Marketing, Bharti Airtel Lanka, A N Jayathilake – Winner, Dhanushka Abeyratne – Head of Digital Marketing, Evoke International (Pvt.) Ltd

Bharti Airtel Lanka and Evoke International, recently announced the winner of the Airtel ‘Welcome tune Motor Bike Offer’. Mr. A N Jayathilaka from Balangoda collected a brand new Platina motor bike from Chief Marketing Officer of Bharti Airtel Lanka, Mr. Chandrashekhar Singh Chauhan at a grand ceremony held at the Airtel Brand Shop, Colombo. The promotion which was held recently, attracted thousands of participants from across the island. Participants were required to activate the ‘welcome tune’ service and download a welcome tune during the stipulated promotional period to stand a chance to win this grand prize.

The lucky winner, who has been on the Airtel network for over two years, expressed his gratitude stating “I am very happy to receive this gift from Airtel. I believe in the Airtel network and I will continue using my Airtel connection and participating in competitions of this nature” While Bharti Airtel Lanka is part of Bharti Airtel Limited - the world’s third largest mobile service provider in terms of subscribers operating in 20 countries across Asia and Africa, Evoke International (Pv) Limited is Sri Lanka’s prominent Mobile VAS Services content providers operating successfully locally and Internationally.

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11th August 2015, Colombo

Airtel frontline's strategies and market instincts were commended when Airtel Sales Team WON two awards at the prestigious NASCO awards 2015 (one of the main events of the Sri Lanka Institute of Marketing calendar), which recognizes sales excellence by rewarding some of the best sales personnel in the country .

Bharti Airtel, the world’s third largest mobile operator ( in terms of subscribers), serving over 330 million customers in 20 countries across Asia and Africa, today announced that two of its Managers attached to Airtel Lanka were adjudged winners in the Telecommunications category at the recently concluded SLIM NASCO awards 2015.

Airtel prized the Silver and Bronze awards in the Telecommunication sector in the Territory Manager Category. While the Silver was won by Isfar Anwardeen – Manager SME, the bronze was won by Ashey Sahabdeen – Manager SME Channel Management.

Commenting on their achievement Jinesh Hegde, Chief Executive Officer – Bharti Airtel Lanka stated, “We are extremely proud that two of our Managers have won this distinction at national level and we hope that their success will motivate all sales personnel to strive for sales excellence across markets. These accolades are indeed reflection of enhanced market instincts and dynamic sales strategies that Airtel Lanka incorporates in a highly competitive and dynamic marketing environment. I offer my congratulations to Isfar and Ashey and look forward to their continuous professional excellence in the field of Sales”.

SLIM NASCO 2015 - the premier event in Sri Lanka that recognizes sales excellence and rewards and motivates sales professionals to achieve greater heights, gave out awards to over 15 diverse business sectors. In addition to Gold, Silver and Bronze awards, the best female was also recognized in each category. All Area/Territory Managers, Sales Supervisors/Executives and Sales Representatives/Front-liners were entitled to participate. The 2015 event saw over 350 applicants vying for honours this year.

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Colombo, 11th August 2015

Bharti Airtel (“Airtel”), a leading global telecommunications services provider with operations in 20 countries across Asia and Africa, today announced the appointment of Jinesh Hegde as Chief Executive Officer/Managing Director of its Sri Lankan operations. He takes on this role from Suren Goonewardene. In his new role, Jinesh will report to Ajai Puri, Director - Market Operations (India & South Asia), Bharti Airtel.

Commenting on the appointment Ajai Puri said, “We are pleased to have Jinesh on board. I am confident that his rich and diverse experience and able leadership will add immense value to Airtel’s growth plans in Sri Lanka. I wish Jinesh the very best for his new role and look forward to working with him.”

Jinesh brings with him over two decades of experience across General Management, Business Operations and has a flair for people management in terms of engagement and connectivity. He has spent the past fourteen years in the telecommunications industry, in both the consumer and enterprise space covering mobile, fixed line and enterprise business. Prior to joining Airtel, Jinesh worked with Uninor (a subsidiary of Telenor Group – Norway in India).

A Mechanical Engineer from the Karnataka University in India, Jinesh also has a MBA in General Management from the Indian Institute of Management (Calcutta). He has also attended a Digital Marketing programme at INSEAD, and a Marketing Management programme from the London Business School, London.

Suren Goonewardene has been re-designated as Non - Executive Chairman of Airtel Lanka. Airtel launched its services in Sri Lanka in 2009 and offers mobile voice, data and enterprise solutions. With a network comprising of 2G and 3G HSPA+ services, Airtel Lanka’s 3G presence is across 70% of its network.

With over 330 million customers across 20 countries of its operations across Asia and Africa - Airtel is the third largest mobile operator in the world.

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2014

26th November 2014

Bharti Airtel, a leading global telecommunications services provider with operations in 20 countries across Asia and Africa, today announced that it was awarded Gold by the Sri Lanka Institute of Training & Development at the SLITAD People Development Awards 2014 that was held at the Galadari Hotel in Colombo recently.

SLITAD People Development Awards recognizes public and private sector organizations in Sri Lanka, who excel in the field of training and development and best practices in Human Resource Development in the corporate world. Out of 22 leading corporate giants in the country, Bharti Airtel Lanka Private Limited was the only telecommunications company to win this prestigious award.

“Since its inception, Airtel Lanka has always been at the top of its game. This prestigious award is testament to the rapidity of our growth in the industry and we have plans to continue this growth trend in the upcoming future. Being one of the youngest contestants in terms of market existence, I am proud to state that we have enriched our employees with tremendous amounts of experience and that has helped us to practice fair corporate values,” said Mr. Suren Goonewardene, CEO/MD – Bharti Airtel Lanka.

Sri Lanka Institute of Training & Development (SLITAD) is a leading non-profit organization in Sri Lanka that is striving to promote and propagate best practices in the sphere of human resource development in the country. The primary aim of SLITAD is to support the national economy through the enhancement of productivity for which human capital development is an essential prerequisite. SLITAD People Development Awards are akin to the ‘Oscars’ in the sphere of people development. This prestigious Awards programme is perhaps Sri Lanka’s only award scheme that endeavours to recognize and promote human resource development in the country.

30th October, 2014

  • New store to offer customers greater convenience in accessing Airtel products and services within the northern region
  • Airtel Lanka has four flagship stores or customer service centers located in Colombo, Kandy, Galle and now in Jaffna

Bharti Airtel, a leading global telecommunications company with operations in 20 countries across Asia and Africa, today announced the opening of its new flagship store – the Jaffna Brand Shop of Airtel Lanka. In a move to offer greater convenience to all its customers in Jaffna and the Northern region, Airtel Lanka’s latest Brand Shop will be located in a spacious central location within the Northern Peninsula at No. 180, Stanley Road, Jaffna.

The latest flagship store was ceremoniously declared open by Romesh De Mel – Chief Customer Service Officer of Airtel Lanka amidst a large gathering of staff, customers and other well-wishers. Speaking at the inauguration De Mel stated, “The northern region has been our preferred market and Airtel has always been the preferred telecommunications service provider in this region. From our very inception, we have always placed our faith in this part of the country and we have also invested heavily in it. Not only have we ensured that we have excellent coverage, we have also sponsored and partnered various other community and social initiatives. This proves that we are committed to this region. We will continue to support and invest in this region in every way possible - thus ensuring better coverage, world class customer service and excellent account management for all our customers in Jaffna and within the Northern region”.

Airtel Lanka has prided itself as being a catalyst of change in Sri Lanka’s telecommunications industry. During the pre-war and the current postwar boom in the northern region, Airtel has found itself to be the preferred telecommunications service provider to the people of this part of the country. Therefore this outlet will act as the regional office for all north operations including the Jaffna, Kilinochchi, Mullaitivu, Mannar and Vavuniya districts.

The new Brand Shop will be open from 9.00 am – 6.00 pm on weekdays, 9.00 am – 2.00 pm on Saturdays and will be closed only on Sundays & mercantile holidays. All services including pre-paid & postpaid new connections, bill payments, reloads, service requests, change requests and so on will be handled via this outlet.

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Colombo, October 15th, 2014

  • Extends sponsorship as Principal Sponsor for the event for the 3rd consecutive year
  • Powers St. Thomas' College rowing for the second consecutive year

Bharti Airtel Lanka, a leading telecommunication organization in Sri Lanka, today announced its continued support as Principal Sponsor for the 44th Annual Boat Race or the 41st Royal – Thomian Regatta. Airtel Lanka further announced that it is successfully sponsoring the traditional and most prestigious RC-STC regatta for the third consecutive year.

Being one of the oldest inter-school regattas in Sri Lanka, this annual rowing competition between Royal College and S. Thomas’ College commenced in 1962 as the Royal – Thomian Boat Race. It evolved into a regatta format in 1966 with two fours rowed by the two traditional rivals. While the first Royal College team was led by L. A. W. Sirisena, the Thomian crew was led by C. N. Sirimanne. Royal College won the very first boat race in 1962 by one boat length and S. Thomas College went on to gain their first win in 1964 - beating Royal by three boat lengths.

The traditional regatta currently comprises of 11 races - including sculls, pairs and fours. Out of the 40 Regattas rowed, S. Thomas’ College has recorded 19 wins while Royal College has won 15. Five Regattas ended in a draw, while the Regatta in 2006 was not held. The races are rowed over a distance of 1000 yards at the Colombo Rowing Club. This event is usually held on the last Saturday of the month of October at the Colombo Rowing Club. Regarded as the most prestigious boat race in Sri Lanka, the race is rowed for the Royal Thomian Boat Race Trophy. The overall winner of the Regatta is awarded the T. Noel Fernando Memorial Trophy.

Commenting on the sponsorship, Mr. Suren Goonewardene, CEO/MD – Bharti Airtel Lanka stated, “ As an organization, Airtel Lanka is always looking for new ways of being relevant to our target group – creating life enriching moments and thereby enriching their lives. We believe that sports provide the ideal platform to achieve this. We are indeed very pleased to partner the 41st annual Royal - Thomian regatta for the third consecutive year. Being the oldest and most sought after rowing tournaments in the country, this historical event showcases excellent rowing talent from both schools. We believe that sport is an arena which creates limitless opportunities to the youth of our society and that is exactly what Airtel wishes to deliver; limitless opportunities for the young to develop as successful future leaders, thus creating a progressive community in Sri Lanka.”

S Thomas' College was the third school in Sri Lanka to embrace the sport of rowing and commenced their own rowing programme during the latter part of 1961. The College then went on to compete in the boat race with their traditional rivals Royal College in 1962. The College’s first captain was C. N. Sirimanne.

“Airtel Lanka has partnered with S. Thomas’ College in numerous occasions and this has been a bastion in developing sports at College level. The Royal-Thomian regatta, which is one of the most prestigious sporting events in the schools calendar, is an event that is enthusiastically anticipated by both the present and old boys of both schools. As the Royal – Thomian tradition continues in yet another sporting event, over 41 years of continuous friendship, bonding and skillful rowing is celebrated beyond the mere competition amongst the two schools” said Prof. Indra de Soysa, Warden, S. Thomas’ College, Mount Lavinia. “As the reigning champions, S. Thomas’ College is looking forward to the 41st regatta with much enthusiasm,” he further added.

“The Royal – Thomian Regatta marks an important juncture this year as we meet yet again at the 41st regatta, making it the oldest and longest standing rowing competition here in Sri Lanka,” stated Mr. Upali Gunasekara, the Principal of Royal College, Colombo.“Being the first school to take up rowing in Sri Lanka, at Royal College we feel it is vital that this tradition continues in the true Royal spirit. We are grateful to have Airtel Lanka on board as the sponsor for Royal College rowing for a period of three years. We look forward to a rewarding involvement with them in fostering our sports to better heights.”

Royal College Colombo was the first school in Sri Lanka to start its own rowing programme in 1953 with the formation of the Royal College Rowing squad. The College’s first captain was Alavi Mohomed. Their first regatta was rowed at the Beira Lake against an all European B team of the Colombo Rowing Club in which the Royalist won the coxed fours. Soon after the Royalist went on to race with yet another all European team from Madras Boat Club at which they won. The first ever colours for rowing was then awarded.

Airtel Lanka made its foray into the field of sports sponsorships in the year 2012 through its associations with Manchester United and Football, Rugby, Tennis, Golf, Rowing, cricket and Basketball. The company has been involved in the development of sports, as evidenced by its various sponsorships at school level, district level and island wide. While Airtel Lanka continues to be involved beyond just a mere investment with all its sports sponsorships stakeholders, it is committed to developing local talent to international standards, thus fostering school sports to new heights as well as contributing actively towards the positive development of youth in Sri Lanka.

Colombo, September 22nd 2014

  • First to launch an app store which contains a range local apps in Sinhala and Tamil
  • This all new 'Airtel App Store is also tailormade to support app developers in Sri Lanka

Bharti Airtel, a leading global telecommunications services provider with operations in 20 countries across Asia and Africa, today announced the launch of the ‘Airtel App Store - a one stop online shop for all local and international apps. This modern apps store is empowered by neXva, a global provider of white branded app stores. This will provide Airtel Lanka with a full app store eco system which includes a customized website, mobile website and Android app as well as a developer portal for the localization of the app store to make it relevant for the market in Sri Lanka.

Currently, this all new Airtel App Store contains over 10,000 apps and will cater to a variety of preferences such as book references, gaming tools, business & finance, social networks, music & audio video, travel & GPS TV lifestyle, wellness education & eLearning, themes and many more. While customers could download certain apps for a one time fee, they also have the choice of choosing a range of apps for free.

Speaking about the launch of this new service, the Chief Executive Officer/Managing Director of Airtel Lanka, Mr. Suren Goonewardene said, “We are very pleased to partner with neXva on this app store initiative. With neXva having a technology center in Sri Lanka, this can help local developers monetize their content. We realize that localization is key to the success of our app store in Sri Lanka. We want to bring locally relevant mobile applications to our customers and support Sri Lanka’s talented developers. We selected neXva to deploy the app store because of neXva’s robust technology platform and their internal team will able to customize and localize the offering of applications specifically for our customers in Sri Lanka.”

The store features ‘one-click’ billing that enables Airtel’s customers to purchase apps through their operator billing as well as neXva’s neXpayer™ technology that enables in-app purchases and subscription billing.

“Bringing neXva’s app store platform to Airtel Lanka is a great opportunity for neXva,” said Brian J. Friedman, founder and CEO of neXva. “Our technology team is based in Colombo and we’re delighted that Airtel selected us to bring our app store platform along with a highly curated selection of content to Airtels’ customers in Sri Lanka. Localized content combined with our direct billing connection with Airtel Lanka brings a unique opportunity for local and international developers and content providers to monetize their content through neXva’s neXpayer™ operator billing API that enables content purchases through the mobile wallet.”

The ‘Airtel App store’ is geared up to give Sri Lanka a unique an exclusive experience and will be available at http://apps.airtel.lk.

11th November 2014

    • Launches free FB for customers in Sri Lanka
    • This first of its kind offering enables airtel subscribers to latch on to Facebook and connect with friends and family absolutely free
    • This offer is conducted directly in conjunction with FB Inc with the objective of inviting more users onto the social media platform - thus offering them the facility to stay connected to the world

    Bharti Airtel, a leading global telecommunications services provider with operations in 20 countries across Asia and Africa, today announced the launch of a new and exclusive social media experience for the first time in Sri Lanka titled ‘Free FB’.

    Under the promotion, Airtel pre-paid customers will be given free Facebook usage simply by reloading a sum of Rs. 109 and as a further value addition; the reload can be utilized for any other Airtel service such as voice, SMS or data. The free Facebook data service will reoccur every time a customer reloads the same sum and users are entitled to an unlimited number of reloads. This ensures that the

    Speaking on the introduction of this new service, Chief Executive Officer/Managing Director of Airtel Lanka, Suren Goonewardene said, “Airtel Lanka since its entry in to the Sri Lankan market has strived to bring innovative and customer-centered products and services to our users. We see a significant shift of social media usage in Sri Lanka, specifically among the youth and therefore offer the new Free FB service to allow our customers a superior experience on the most popular social media platform.”

    This first of its kind service offering in Sri Lanka will allow Airtel users the privilege of connecting to Facebook and enjoy free browsing for a period of 20 days. This also gives customers who are non data users the opportunity to experience Airtel's data services, speed levels and engage in social media acivities which will invariable provide them with the opportunity to connect with their friends and family.

2013

Colombo, 31st December 2013

Bharti Airtel Lanka, a subsidiary of Bharti Airtel, a leading global telecommunications company with operations in 20 countries across Asia and Africa spread the joy of Christmas to those less fortunate when they visited the in-house patients of Lady Ridgeway Hospital recently. The children at the hospital were able to enjoy ever popular Christmas carols as the employees of Airtel Lanka spent quality time with them and their parents. They also gave away Christmas gifts to the children, making them feel included in all the seasonal celebrations.

In October this year, Airtel Lanka refurbished the walkway of Lady Ridgeway Hospital in commemoration of World Children’s Day. The organization looks forward to continuing their CSR projects for children in the future.

Colombo, 27th December 2013

  • Another first from Airtel Lanka
  • Publishes their 2014 calendar with the first ever social media competition entries

Bharti Airtel Lanka, a subsidiary of Bharti Airtel, a leading global telecommunications company with operations in 20 countries across Asia and Africa published the first ever social media calendar in Sri Lanka for the year 2014, with a collection of entries from their own subscribers. The winners, whose entries qualified for the calendar, recently received their prizes at the Airtel Lanka Corporate office.

In August this year, customers and the general public were invited to play a key role in the creation of the iconic Airtel calendar, one of the most modern and innovative corporate calendars in the market today. Airtel Lanka’s calendar is designed to capture the talented creativity of Sri Lankans which is showcased in the latest media of expression, the social media.

Launched through a digital media campaign on various social media platforms, Airtel Lanka opened its doors to all budding photographers, creative digital artists and social media enthusiasts to send in their creative entries to a designated online platform – the Airtel Life Facebook page. 25 entries with the maximum number of likes qualified for the finals of which the best 12 were chosen for the calendar.

The final 12 entries were incorporated to the 2014 Airtel calendar and diary which will be distributed to over 20 countries worldwide. The winners of the entries were awarded valuable Smartphones.

  • Sandun Lakmal-Ratmalana
  • Denver P-Ragama
  • Nasath Ahamed-Ampara
  • Ilham Shiraz-Wattala
  • Bilal Miskin-Rajagiriya
  • Shamshad Khan-Dematagoda
  • Sudam Bandara-Pothuhera
  • Waseem Ahamed-Dematagoda
  • Nisal Guruge-Pannipitiya

Colombo, 17th December 2013

  • Strategic project with the objective of gaining market leadership in Mobile Internet market
  • Successfully launches the first phase of 3G network expansion of over 250 new 3G site rollout
  • Targets offering of seamless high speed data connectivity for customers across the country

Bharti Airtel, a leading global telecommunications company with operations in 20 countries across Asia and Africa, today announced the launch of the initial phase of a comprehensive network expansion exercise across 250 plus sites in Urban, Sub Urban and Rural pockets across all districts of the Island. This project would thereby see Airtel Lanka increasing its 3G presence beyond 1000 towers and 2G presence beyond 1800 towers across the island. As part of this extensive expansion project that includes the expansion of transmission network, Airtel will continue to deploy robust and world class network infrastructure and equipment to strengthen its customers’ high speed data connectivity and mobile internet experience.

Commenting on this latest milestone, Bharti Airtel Lanka’s Chief Executive Officer/Managing Director Suren Goonewardene stated that “At Airtel, it is our ethos of changing Sri Lanka’s telecom landscape and in which businesses operate in Sri Lanka. While we have changed the way mobile communications work in the country through the introduction of several innovative services which includes the concept of no hidden costs, we are now geared to change the language of the telecom business – from a mobile to a mobile internet organization. With this in mind, we have now invested heavily in our 3G network. Our new HSPA+ network infrastructure uses cutting edge technology and is designed to deliver a world class data experience for our customers in Sri Lanka. We are confident that this network upgrade will empower our customers living at any part of the island to experience high speed and seamless access to data services –allowing them to enjoy the best online experience across a host of activities including emailing, downloading, uploading, LIVE streaming, social networking etc”.

Along with the commitment towards enhancing Airtel’s network presence across Sri Lanka and continuing to work towards new ways of delivering a seamless network experience to customers, Goonewardene further stated “When it comes to Mobile Internet, Airtel will be the brand loved by all Sri Lankans whether they are prepaid or post paid customers residing in any part of the country. We have launched customized internet packages and tailor made handset bundle offers (HBOs), which all Sri Lankans will have the propensity to use. We have also started increasing the number of customer touch points thus giving our customer accessibility to the range of data services which is fresh, youthful, current and innovative. Our network expansion programme will complement our overall objective of leading Sri Lanka’s mobile internet market resulting in Airtel delivering on a promise hinged on reliability, affordability and accessibility”.

Bharti Airtel Lanka commenced commercial operations of services in Sri Lanka on January 12, 2009, and was the fastest operator to reach 1 million customers in Sri Lanka. With its network footprint panned out across the country and capturing strategic ranking positions in various areas in less than three years of operations, Airtel has emerged as Sri Lanka’s fastest expanding network. Registered under the Board of Investment in Sri Lanka, Airtel Lanka provides digital mobile services into Sri Lanka which includes voice telephony, voice mail, data services and GSM based services. The Company has also received accreditations such as ISO 27001:2005 and ISO 22301 for its continuous efforts towards information security and business continuity.

2012

Colombo, July 15th, 2012

Colombo, July 15th, 2012: Bharti Airtel, a leading global telecommunications company with operations in 20 countries across Asia and Africa, in yet another first of its kind initiatives, recently invited all Islamic corporate customers to an Ifthar dinner feast in Puttlam and Akkaraipattu on the 9th and 10th of July respectively.

The event which was attended by Airtel’s Ramzan celebrating corporate customers began, with Bayaan being conducted at the appropriate time. This was followed by the traditional break- fast spread coupled with fruit platters which were served to all guests. Customers were then invited for Mahrib prayers, after which a buffet style dinner which consisted of a variety of dishes was served. Held for the first time this year the event in Puttlam had over 200 customers and key retailers while, the event in Akkaraipattu which was held for the third consecutive year had more than 300 participant. All guests were given an Airtel branded souvenir as a token of appreciation for being a part of the event. .

“Airtel Lanka has always stood for being a brand that understands its customers’ needs and requirements. We are always striving to find ways to engage with our valued customers and these ifthar events were great opportunities to meet with some of our most loyal customers and retailers in the North and East ,” Suren Goonewardene, CEO/MD, Bharti Airtel Lanka said. .

11th August 2015, Colombo

Zigo Mobiles, the stylish, user friendly, ultra modern, mobile devises imported from the UAE recently entered into a strategic partnership with Bharti Airtel Lanka to provide customers in Sri Lanka with an Airtel SIM containing free talk time and data worth up to SLR 7,600/- with every Zigo Android device they purchase. The official partnership agreement in this regard was signed between Max Durakathana and Airtel Lanka in Colombo recently. CellCity Lanka will also be the customer care partner in this agreement as they are the authorized partner for Zigo Mobiles in Sri Lanka.

Zigo mobile phones stand out among competitive offerings by virtue of their superior technology and ultra modern features including easy access to email and browsing as well as accessibility to social sites such as Facebook, Twitter etc. Sri Lanka, being a mature market in terms of mobile phone penetration as well as the presence of leading international brands, Zigo has mapped out a well thought of strategy of positioning its high quality devises at affordable rates, packaged with value-for-money bundled offers. With this objective in mind, the company offers three Android devices to the Sri Lankan market - namely Eon 3i, Eon 5i and the Nebula 7.1 Tab. .

The Nebula 7.1 Tab is a Tablet PC with a 7 inch Multi-Touch Capacitance LCD touch screen which runs on the Android Ice Cream Sandwich Operating System and is powered by a 1GHz processor. It also features a 5 Mega Pixel camera and a secondary camera for video calls. This supports both voice and data as opposed to other similar devices of this nature. The Nebula 7.1 Tab also supports High Definition Video Playback to offer an enhanced experience to users. The Tab comes with a free leather pouch and a screen protection sticker adding more value to the purchase. .

The Eon 5i and the Eon 3i both run on the Ice Cream Sandwich Operating System which is powered by a 1GHz processor. The former has a 4.3 inch Multi-Touch Capacitance LCD touch screen and a 5 Mega Pixel camera plus a secondary camera while the latter has a 3.5 inch Multi-Touch Capacitance LCD touch screen and a 2 Mega Pixel camera. .

All 3 of these devices are 3G, GPS and Wi-Fi enabled and come with a one year warranty for the device and six months for accessories. Zigo mobile devices are available in all leading outlets around the country and more details can be obtained by visiting www.zigomobiles.com or by calling their hotline on 0117-225225. .

Bharti Airtel Lanka commenced commercial operations of services in Sri Lanka on January 12, 2009, and was the fastest operator to reach 1 million customers. With over 1600 towers established across the country and capturing strategic ranking positions in various areas in less than three years of operations, Airtel has emerged as Sri Lanka’s fastest expanding network offering 3G and 2G services in all districts. Registered under the Board of Investment, Airtel Lanka provides digital mobile services into Sri Lanka which includes voice telephony, voice mail, data services and GSM based services. The Company has also received accreditations such as British Standards Institution’s ISO 27001:2005 and BS 25999 -2:2007

for its continuous efforts towards information security and business continuity. To know more please visit, www.airtel.lk.

Colombo, July 25, 2012

Bharti Airtel, a leading global telecommunications company with operations in 20 countries across Asia and Africa, today announced, today announced its association with the Western Province Schools Rugby Football Association along with the sponsorship of its annual tournament. The tournament kicks off on July 28th, 2012 with the Under-18, ten-a-side tournament, followed by the Under-14 ten-a-side tournament which gets underway on August 7th, 2012 and then the Under-16, twelve-a-side tournament which happens on the August 18th and 19th, 2012. All matches will be played at the Royal College Sports Complex from 8am onwards.

Speaking about the sponsorship Suren Goonewardene, CEO – Sri Lanka, Bharti Airtel said, “We have already established a dominant position as a leading supporter of school’s rugby and are very pleased to have extended that even further by partnering with the Western Province School’s Rugby Football Association to sponsor this prestigious tournament. We strongly believe in supporting school’s rugby as it creates a large pool of talented players who we believe can put Sri Lanka firmly on the international rugby map.”

“This tournament is a stepping stone for aspiring school rugby players who showcase their talents to move onto the next stage in their rugby career. We are very happy and proud to have Airtel Lanka as our sponsor for this year’s tournament, which we hope to take to even greater heights this time,” stated W. Sarathchandra De Silva, President of the Western Province Schools Rugby Football Association.

Of the 30 school’s that play rugby in Sri Lanka, 22 are from the Western Province, while 6 hail from the Kandy District and the other 2 from the Kurunegala District. This tournament which was initiated in 1998 sees the active participation of all 22 schools from the Western Province. In the ‘A’ category 16 leading schools participate while 6 schools participate in the ‘B’ category

Airtel Lanka recently made its foray into the field of sports sponsorships through its associations with Rugby and Tennis. The company thus far has been involved in the development of schools rugby, as evidenced by its sponsorship of S. Thomas’, St. Peter’s and Kingswood College’s Rugby teams as well as the Sri Lanka Navy Rugby team. While Airtel Lanka continues to be involved beyond just a mere investment with all its sports sponsorships stakeholders, it is committed to developing local talent to international standards, thus fostering school sports to new heights.

Colombo, May 9, 2012

• Announces strategic partnership with Tranglo to offer international top ups to Airtel customers in Sri Lanka from expat Sri Lankans living abroad
Bharti Airtel, a leading global telecommunications company with operations in 20 countries across Asia and Africa, today announced a strategic partnership with mobile value added service provider Tranglo to introduce Talk Time gifting for Airtel Lanka customers across geographies. With this, friends and family residing abroad will now be able to gift Talk Time to their loved ones in Sri Lanka – anytime, anywhere!

Speaking about the partnership Suren Goonewardene, CEO – Sri Lanka, Bharti Airtel said, “Our partnership with Tranglo has enabled us to supplement our localised top up services by allowing customers to stay in touch with their loved ones through the gifting of Talk Time across geographies. We look forward to working with Tranglo to deliver this unique experience for our customers in Sri Lanka”

HY Sia, CEO – Tranglo added, “We are delighted to extend our offering to Airtel, allowing them to benefit from our extensive distribution network. We have a strong presence in Asia and the Middle East and are happy to have reinforced our position even further in this area by tying up with Airtel – a leading global player with an increasingly strong market presence in Sri Lanka.”

With the minimum amount that can be transferred being Rs. 10, Airtel customers can now share news of this service with their friends and family residing abroad, to enable the gifting of Talk Time across geographies.

With this tie up, Sri Lankans will be offered the opportunity to receive the gift of Talk Time direct to their Airtel mobile from friends and family residing abroad. For post paid Airtel customers, a gift of up to Rs. 25,000 can be received which will be deducted from their monthly bill. Prepaid Airtel customers can receive up to Rs. 9,999 direct to their mobile which will be reflected by an increase in their credit balance (by the amount sent).

Colombo, 27th September, 2012

• Commuters can now experience free wi-fi service in stations and trains
• Customer service kiosks in 15 train stations across the country
• 7 branded trains steam across the whole of Sri Lanka
The next time you take a train ride be prepared to witness Airtel Lanka's latest innovation in branding as it takes its vibrancy to an all new level on 7 railway routes. Branded trains and customer service kiosks at railway stations are among the new sights at selected stations across the country with Airtel Lanka going full steam ahead in order to take the brand to its people.

‘Red and Hot’ Airtel branded trains now run on 7 routes namely, Maradana – Matara, Fort – Vavuniya, Fort – Batticaloa, Fort – Badulla, Fort – Rambukkana, Fort – Avissawella and Chilaw – Fort. In addition, 15 customer service kiosks have now been set up in stations across the country offering all services available at any Airtel store such as new connection activations, top-up facilities, purchase of products such as dongles, devises and special packages etc. Bill payments can also be made in these outlets, thus extending services to the masses at their convenience.

What’s more, in 10 stations and on all 7 trains Airtel Lanka offers Wi-Fi services absolutely free of charge, livening up what is otherwise a dull and dreary train ride. This is a special CSR initiative being carried out by Airtel Lanka to reach out to the masses, and the next stages to the project will see several more innovations being introduced.

Speaking about this latest project Charith de Chickera – Head of Brands and Marketing Communications stated that, “The Airtel brand identity is fresh, dynamic and inclusive - one that appeals to the young and those young at heart. We are constantly looking for new ways of being relevant to this target group – being alive to their needs and enriching their lives. Therefore through this project, we intend reaching out to the thousands of Sri Lankans who commute through this mass transport medium and hope that the services provided will get them closer to what they love.”

Airtel Lanka is no stranger to offering products and services that are innovative, affordable and relevant for customers in Sri Lanka such as the Magic Music Card, a first for Sri Lanka’s telecommunication industry and the My Airtel Service where customers can inform callers of their mood/status without having to answer the call. With over 32 Airtel stores across the island, Airtel Lanka also operates 3 brand shops in Colombo, Kandy and Galle. Located in venues easily accessible to actual and potential customers, Airtel continues to enrich lives though its efficient customer service, economical and value for money product offerings and latest technology.

Colombo, October 18th, 2012

Bharti Airtel, a leading global telecommunications company with operations in 20 countries across Asia and Africa, today announced its appointment as the corporate co-sponsor of The Management Club (TMC) and partial sponsor of the Enable the Disabled Diri Jaya Awards 2012 for a period of three years.

The Management Club was established in 2002 on the initiative of the Sri Lanka branch of the Chartered Management Institute UK with the primary intention of providing professional managers in Sri Lanka an opportunity to meet, greet and interact and share their experiences and knowledge for mutual benefit. The club with its unique concept is the only one of its kind in Sri Lanka and commenced operations at the Galle Face Hotel and today has operations in Colombo – The Excel World, Mt Lavinia - Berjaya Mount Royal Hotel, the Camelot Beach Hotel in Negombo, Hotel Hibiscus in Kalutara as well as the Mahaweli Reach Hotel in Kandy.

The Diri Jaya Awards was initiated under the Corporate Social Responsibility arm of TMC in November 2012 to make Sri Lanka a disabled friendly nation by creating awareness of the plight of the disabled in the country and to facilitate equal opportunities for them. The awards ceremony seeks to bring recognition to the disabled achievers in the island.

Speaking about the sponsorship Suren Goonewardene, CEO / Managing Director, Airtel Lanka said, “Through this partnership we hope to provide support and encouragement to TMC in their endeavor to uplift management practices in the country by empowering managers. The Diri Jaya awards are the first of its kind anywhere in the world and we couldn’t be more proud to step in and partner such a noteworthy national event.”

Bharti Airtel Lanka commenced commercial operations of services in Sri Lanka on January 12, 2009, and was the fastest operator to reach 1 million customers in Sri Lanka. With its robust network panned out across the country having captured strategic ranking positions across Sri Lanka in less than three years of operations, Airtel has emerged as Sri Lanka’s fastest expanding network. Ranked amongst the top 5 mobile service providers globally in terms of subscribers, Airtel is registered under the Board of Investment in Sri Lanka, Airtel provides digital mobile services into Sri Lanka which includes voice telephony, voice mail, data services and GSM based services. The Company has also received accreditations such as British Standards Institution’s ISO 27001:2005 and BS 25999 -2:2007 for its continuous efforts towards information security and business continuity. To know more please visit, www.airtel.lk

Caption:
L-R Charith de Chickera Head of Brands and Marketing Communications - Bharti Airtel Lanka, Fayaz Saleem President, Emeritus - The Management Club, Suren Goonewardene CEO/MD Bharti Airtel Lanka, Deepa Abeysekera President The Board of Management - The Management Club

Colombo, June 27th, 2012

Bharti Airtel, a leading global telecommunications company with operations in 20 countries across Asia and Africa, today announced its sponsorship of the 97th Colombo Championships 2012. This being one of two “Super A Grade” Tennis tournaments in Sri Lanka, will kick off from the 7th of July till the 21st, 2012 at the Sri Lanka Tennis Association – Playing Section. While all matches during the weekends will be from 8am - 9pm, the weekday matches will be played from 3pm -9pm.

Speaking about the partnership, Suren Goonewardene, CEO – Sri Lanka, Bharti Airtel said “it gives us great pleasure to be associated with the SLTA, which has been growing in popularity over the years, acknowledging the best tennis players Sri Lanka has produced and the Colombo Championships which is one of the only two 'super' grade ranking tennis tournaments in Sri Lanka. Tennis transcends to all age groups of the society and while we see this partnership as a wonderful opportunity to help foster talent and build them up to international standards, we hope to continue our fullest support towards the growth of tennis in Sri Lanka.

“The Colombo Championships is the premier and most looked forward to tennis tournament in Sri Lanka, offering the highest prize money and attracting the highest number of player participation. We are happy to have Airtel on board as the principal sponsor for this event which will no doubt help us take the event to the next level. We look forward to the partnership with Airtel and guarantee two weeks of high quality Tennis,” said Suresh Subramaniam, President, SLTA Playing Section.

The 97th Colombo Championships 2012 will feature Boys’ and Girls’ singles and doubles events in the junior categories, while also featuring Mens’ and Womens singles and doubles in the open, veterans and the wheelchair categories plus the Mixed doubles event. Last year’s tournament saw over 650 participants enjoying the game, whilst this year, more are expected to participate. These participants include all age groups as well as the top ranked players in the country. The whole Championship tournament will include over 25 events, out of which 12 will focus on the junior tournaments, thus guaranteeing 14 days of entertainment to those who have the passion for the game.

Airtel Lanka recently made its foray into the field of sports sponsorships and this marks its primary association with Tennis. The company thus far has been involved in the development of schools rugby, as evidenced by its sponsorship of S. Thomas’, St. Peter’s and Kingswood College’s Rugby teams as well as the Sri Lanka Navy Rugby team. While Airtel Lanka continues to invest in sports sponsorships, it is committed to developing local talent to international standards.

Caption:
L-R: Charith de Chickera Head of Brands and Marketing Communications, Bharti Airtel Lanka; Suren Goonewardene Chief Executive Officer/Managing Director, Bharti Airtel Lanka; Ravi Perera, Tennis Captain, SLTA Playing Section and Pradeep Goonasekara, General Secretary, SLTA Playing Section.

Colombo, August 09th, 2012

The 2012 National championships kicks off with the junior events on August 11 through to 17, after which the Open and Wheelchair Tennis events will be worked off from Aug 18 to 26. The championships will be held on the SLTA hard courts in Green Path. .

Speaking about the sponsorship Suren Goonewardene, CEO – Sri Lanka, Bharti Airtel said, “Airtel prides itself on being an alive, inclusive and respectful organization. The benefits of tennis are similarly inclusive in nature in that it can be played by people of any age or competency. Of most importance to us at Airtel, is the culture of scrupulous honesty that the game of tennis operates within. It is a sport that requires passion, dedication, precision and is played based on trust and respect which is all that Airtel stands for. Our sponsorship of this Tournament reflects our desire to maintain these virtues within our own organization, and amongst the Sri Lankan business community.” .

“Bharti Airtel’s decision to support a second event is obviously good news for Sri Lanka tennis. The company sponsored the Colombo Championships last month and is now extending its support to the Nationals. The Nationals is singly the country’s most prestigious tennis event, and to have a high profile corporate entity as sponsor will no doubt give the 97-year championship added value,” said Iqbal Bin Issack, President of the SLTA. “It is wonderful Bharti Airtel Lanka sponsorship covers a period of three years – just the sort of long term commitment the SLTA requires from sponsors so as to help raise the level of the country’s tennis.” .

According to Tournament Director, Udith Wickremasinghe, Bharti Airtel’s sponsorship has already had a healthy impact on the National championships. “Because of Airtel’s generous sponsorship we were able to reduce players’ entry fee and enhance the prize money as well. Last year the total prize money was Rs. 400,000; this year it will be increased significantly – the allotment, though, has yet to be finalized.” .

The reduction in the entry fee has brought an avalanche of entries for the junior events. “Over 500 junior entries have been received which obviously is a consequence of lower entry fee. Last year a blanket fee of Rs.2, 500 was charged irrespective of the number of events a player participated in. This year the charge is Rs. 800 per event,” said Wickremasinghe. .

Entries for the senior Nationals close on Friday Aug. 10 and the draw is scheduled for Aug.14. Organizers expect over 150 entries for the senior Nationals, which feature Singles and Doubles events for men and women and the Mixed Doubles. Defending singles champions Dineshkanthan Thangarajah and Amritha Muttiah are fancied to be the top seeds in the men’s and women’s singles respectively. .

Airtel Lanka recently made its foray into the field of sports sponsorships through its associations with Rugby and Tennis. The company thus far has been involved in the development of schools rugby, as evidenced by its sponsorship of S. Thomas’, St. Peter’s and Kingswood College’s Rugby teams as well as the Sri Lanka Navy Rugby team. While Airtel Lanka continues to be involved beyond just a mere investment with all its sports sponsorships stakeholders, it is committed to developing local talent to international standards, thus fostering school sports to new heights. .

Colombo, May 17, 2012

Currently a major player in the Sri Lankan Telecom Industry, Airtel Lanka today celebrates the occasion of World Telecom Day by announcing its commitment to connecting the Country with advance technological inputs and better services for nationwide users. Every year on 17th May, World Telecom Day is celebrated worldwide.

Commenting on this commitment, the CEO/MD of Airtel Lanka, Suren Goonewardene said, “World Telecom day is a significant occasion for the telecom service providers throughout the world. This day marks the establishment of International Telecommunication Union, but is a significant day for global telecom service providers too. To celebrate the spirit of the occasion, we are ecstatic to announce that for the financial year 2012/13 we plan on increasing our 3G data coverage while continuing to aggressively expand our total network coverage by increasing the number of towers we have. We are also converting all our networks to HSDPA+ technology and plan on changing our systems and processes to the latest technology. We expect this move to greatly benefit our customers as access to our products and services becomes both easier and faster.”

Airtel Lanka has prided itself on being a catalyst of change in Sri Lanka’s telecommunications industry, as its arrival into Sri Lanka in January 2009 paved the way for the launch of several new services to the country. These included the lowest rates for voice services, per second billing, the lowest IDD rates and the concept of no hidden costs, all of which contributed to making telecommunication services cheaper and more accessible to all Sri Lankans.

With an investment of over $300 million in its Sri Lanka operations, Airtel Lanka have set up over 1500 base stations to date to support its 2G network. Earlier this year, Airtel was ranked as the fastest mobile broadband provider by the Telecommunication Regulatory Commission of Sri Lanka and has continued to be the leaders in terms of speed in mobile broadband to date.

Goonewardene also went on to add that, for the last financial year the Company has shown steady growth in its gross revenue, primarily due to data revenue growth and the increase of minutes of usage.

According to him despite entering Sri Lanka just four years ago, Airtel Lanka has already achieved great things - offering products and services that are innovative, affordable and relevant for customers in Sri Lanka – such as the Magic Music Card - a first for Sri Lanka’s telecommunication industry and even the My Airtel Service where customers can inform callers of their mood/status without having to answer the call. They also announced a partnership with Tranglo recently whereby local customers can receive talk time from friends and relatives living abroad.

Rewarding loyal customers has also been a strong part of Airtel’s credo as evidenced by its millionaire promotion which it held recently. 5 lucky Airtel customers won Rs. 1 million each simply by topping up their Airtel phone with Rs. 100 or more. The 5 winners were selected from all parts of the country. What’s more, since its launch Airtel have also been in the forefront of sports development in the Country, as evident by its recent tie up with international sporting giants Manchester United and its sponsorship of S. Thomas,’ St. Peter’s and Kingswood College’s Rugby teams for the next 2 years. All of which further strengthens the company’s youthful, inclusive and dynamic global identity which was launched along with Airtel’s iconic ‘Friends’ campaign in 2011.

Over the years Airtel has received many accreditations such as British Standards Institution’s ISO 27001:2005 and BS 25999-2:2007 for its information security and business continuity practices in Sri Lanka, further testifying to the safety and security of its service.

December 10, 2012
• airtel mobile customers can now dial in and talk to local and international movie, music and tele drama stars
• the first Talk 2 Me session with Salman Khan will take place on the 10th of December 2012
• To experience this service, dial 15152 now!

Enamoured by Salman Khan in movies such as Ek Tha Tiger, Bodyguard or Dhabangg? Do you want tips on his personal life? How he manages his dancing moves? How he maintains his physique? Now is your chance to catch up with the star himself on your airtel mobile - sitting anywhere!

Bharti airtel, a leading global telecommunications company with operations in 20 countries across Asia and Africa, announced that it has launched the ‘Talk 2 Me Show’ – a unique platform for its customers in Sri Lanka. Through this one-of-this-kind service, Airtel mobile customers can now dial, connect and interact with their favorite stars on a real-time basis. The first international star to patronize this show and talk to fans in Sri Lanka is none other than the Maine Piyar Kiya actor himself – Salman Khan.

Commenting on this exciting service, Mr. Suren Goonewardene, CEO-Bharti Airtel Lanka said, "Today, we find customers increasingly relying on their mobile phones for almost everything they do - be it listening to music, watching videos or playing games. With the mobile device fast establishing itself as a preferred entertainment device for people across ages, Airtel is committed towards improving the customer experience with innovative mobile service offerings and fresh content that help people enjoy different forms of entertainment. Today, we are proud to give our customers the opportunity to interact with a great movie icon Salman Khan - getting our customers closer to their love for Bollywood "

, Prepaid or Postpaid airtel customers can enjoy 'Talk2Me' with SALMAN KHAN LIVE on 10th of December at 3pm. To experience this service, dial 15152 now! An all inclusive price of Rs. 10/- per minute will be charged for this exciting service.

Colombo, July 16, 2012

Bharti Airtel, a leading global telecommunications company with operations in 20 countries across Asia and Africa, today announced that the first winner of the ‘Stay Active & Win’ promotion was a housewife named Mangaleshwary, a housewife from the Mount Lavinia area.

Simply by making calls from her Airtel phone every day of the week, Mangaleshwary was declared the first lucky weekly prize winner of the promotion and won herself a cash prize of Rs. 100,000. Her husband works as a steward at a restaurant in Mount Lavinia and she also supports her 9 year old son.

Unlike other promotions where customers have to register or purchase talk time to a certain value, under this promotion customers have only to use their Airtel connections daily to be eligible to win any of several prizes on offer. Airtel customers who have not used their Airtel connections for some time can participate by reactivating their SIM with a Rs. 55 reactivation fee. Non-Airtel customers are also eligible to participate in the promotion by purchasing a SIM card and remaining active during the promotion period.

Prize Pool Offering
• During the promotional period which commences on June 8, 2012 and ends on August 7, 2012, every hour of every day a winner will be selected randomly from customers who had made calls the previous day, and awarded Rs. 1000 worth of talk time. Customers also stand a chance to win multiples of the Rs. 1000 talk time, based on the total number of calls made the previous day, up to a maximum of 5 multiples.
• If that’s not enough, one hour of every day will be picked as the ‘bumper hour’ where the winner who is randomly chosen from customers who had made calls the previous day and awarded talk time of Rs. 15,000.
• What’s more, a weekly cash prize of Rs. 100,000 will also be on offer to one lucky customer every week for the duration of the promotion.
• Airtel customers who stay active during the promotional period also stand a chance to win one of 5 motorbikes on offer.
• A pool of Rs. 1 million worth of gold is also on offer to 16 lucky Airtel customers during the promotion.
• All these fantastic giveaways all culminate in the ultimate prize of a Maruti Suzuki Swift which will be awarded to one lucky customer at the end of the promotion.

Colombo, June 8, 2012

~ Launches unique scheme to reward customers for using their Airtel connections
~ Total prize pool on offer in excess of Rs. 10 million worth of talk time, cash, motorbikes, gold and a car
~ All Airtel customers given the opportunity to participate in the promotion

Bharti Airtel, a leading global telecommunications company with operations in 20 countries across Asia and Africa, today announced the launch of a unique customer promotion ‘Stay Active & Win’ whereby customers who use their Airtel connections stand a chance to win from a range of prizes such as talk time, cash, motorbikes, gold and a car.

Speaking about the promotion, Suren Goonewardene, CEO – Sri Lanka, Bharti Airtel said, “As our all island coverage strengthens on the back of industry speed test wins, it becomes increasingly apparent that the best communications offering isn’t necessarily just about handsets and devices anymore. ‘Stay Active & Win’ is Airtel’s tribute to this understanding which rewards our customers for being active on our network. This promotion is our way of saying, thank you – we appreciate your patronage.”

Unlike other promotions where customers have to register or purchase talk time to a certain value, under this promotion customers have only to use their Airtel connections daily to be eligible to win any of these prizes. The promotion further broadens in scope to include Airtel customers who have not used their Airtel connections for some time. These customers are encouraged to participate in the promotion by reactivating their SIM with a Rs. 55 reactivation fee. Non-Airtel customers are also eligible to participate in the promotion by purchasing a SIM card and remaining active during the promotion period of 2 months.

Prize Pool Offering
• During the promotional period which commences on June 8, 2012 and ends on August 7, 2012, every hour of every day a winner will be selected randomly from customers who had made calls the previous day, and awarded Rs. 1000 worth of talk time. Customers also stand a chance to win multiples of the Rs. 1000 talk time, based on the total number of calls made the previous day, up to a maximum of 5 multiples.
• If that’s not enough, one hour of every day will be picked as the ‘bumper hour’ where the winner who is randomly chosen from customers who had made calls the previous day and awarded talk time of Rs. 15,000.
• What’s more, a weekly cash prize of Rs. 100,000 will also be on offer to one lucky customer every week for the duration of the promotion.
• Airtel customers who stay active during the promotional period also stand a chance to win one of 5 motorbikes on offer.
• A pool of Rs. 1 million worth of gold is also on offer to 16 lucky Airtel customers during the promotion.
• All these fantastic giveaways all culminate in the ultimate prize of a Maruti Suzuki Swift which will be awarded to one lucky customer at the end of the promotion.

Colombo April 4, 2012

Airtel Lanka has entered into a strategic partnership with St. Peter’s College whereby Airtel would sponsor the school’s Rugby season for a period of 2 years. The pictures show scenes from an event held to mark the sponsorship.

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Standing from left to right: Charith De Chickera, Head - Brands and Communication, Bharti Airtel Lanka, Sharan Shetty, Head – Sales & Marketing, Bharti Airtel Sri Lanka, Suren Goonewardene, CEO/MD, Bharti Airtel Lanka, Rev. Fr. Travis Gabriel, Rector, St. Peter’s College, Fr. Lakmin Silva, Sports Coordinator, St. Peter’s College, with the school’s Under 18 team. .

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Standing from left to right: Charith De Chickera, Head - Brands and Communication, Bharti Airtel Lanka, Sharan Shetty, Head – Sales & Marketing, Bharti Airtel Sri Lanka, Suren Goonewardene, CEO/MD, Bharti Airtel Lanka, Rev. Fr. Travis Gabriel, Rector, St. Peter’s College, Fr. Lakmin Silva, Sports Coordinator, St. Peter’s College with the school’s Under 14 team, flanked by the two coaches.

Standing from left to right: Charith De Chickera, Head - Brands and Communication, Bharti Airtel Lanka, Sharan Shetty, Head – Sales & Marketing, Bharti Airtel Sri Lanka, Suren Goonewardene, CEO/MD, Bharti Airtel Lanka, Rev. Fr. Travis Gabriel, Rector, St. Peter’s College, Fr. Lakmin Silva, Sports Coordinator, St. Peter’s College with the school’s 1st XV team, flanked by the two coaches. .

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Standing from left to right: Charith De Chickera, Head - Brands and Communication, Bharti Airtel Lanka, Sharan Shetty, Head – Sales & Marketing, Bharti Airtel Sri Lanka, Suren Goonewardene, CEO/MD, Bharti Airtel Lanka, Danushka Ranjana, Captain, St. Peter’s 1st XV team, Rev. Fr. Travis Gabriel, Rector, St. Peter’s College, Fr. Lakmin Silva, Sports Coordinator, St. Peter’s College flanked by members of the school’s 1st XV team. .

Colombo April 4, 2012

Airtel Lanka recently entered into a strategic partnership with S. Thomas’ college, Mount Lavinia whereby Airtel would sponsor the schools’ Rugby season for a period of 2 years. This is testament to the youthfulness and dynamism of the brand as it enters into the sponsorship of a popular and passionate sport such as rugby. The pictures show scenes from an event held to mark the sponsorship.

Suren Goonewardene, CEO/MD, Bharti Airtel Lanka and Charith De Chickera, Head - Brands and Communication, Bharti Airtel Lanka with the S. Thomas' Under 16 team

Suren Goonewardene, CEO/MD, Bharti Airtel Lanka and Charith De Chickera, Head - Brands and Communication, Bharti Airtel Lanka with the S. Thomas' Under 14 team

A young ruggerite greets Suren Goonewardene, CEO/MD, Bharti Airtel Lanka, in the presence of R. Renganathan, President of the Old Thomians Rugby and Football Union.

Left to Right: Chandhika Samarasinghe, S. Thomas’ College 1st XV - Coloursman), Revd. Marc Billmoria, Sub Warden, S. Thomas’ College, Charith de Chickera, Head of Brands and Communications, Bharti Airtel Lanka, Suren Goonewardene, CEO/MD, Bharti Airtel Lanka, Prof. Indra de Soysa, Warden, S. Thomas’ College, Randhika Peiris (Captain – S. Thomas College 1st XV), R. Renganathan, President, Old Thomians Rugby and Football Union, Vijitha de Silva, Prefect of Games – S. Thomas’ College, Devin Jayasinghe, Vice Captain – S. Thomas’ College 1st XV), Hashaka Senanayake, Secretary – S. Thomas’ College 1st XV) and Niroshala Manual, Teacher In Charge – S. Thomas’ College 1st XV

Suren Goonewardene, CEO/MD, Bharti Airtel Lanka and Charith De Chickera, Head - Brands and Communication, Bharti Airtel Lanka with the school’s 1st XV team.

Suren Goonewardene, CEO/MD, Bharti Airtel Lanka and Charith De Chickera, Head - Brands and Communication, Bharti Airtel Lanka with the school’s Under 18 team.

Young ruggerites invade the Airtel stall for their goodies

A Rugby match in progress at the S. Thomas’ Rugby Carnival

Action from a match playing during the S. Thomas’ Rugby Carnival

Ruggerites of the future in a jubilant mood

Colombo, July 23, 2012

 Airtel Skype calling service allows customers to make calls to any Skype user anywhere
in the world at a fixed rate
Service available on any handset; no GPRS or 3G required

Bharti Airtel, a leading global telecommunications company with operations in 20 countries across Asia and Africa, today announced that anyone using an Airtel mobile phone in Sri Lanka is now able to use their mobile phone to call any Skype user anywhere in the world.

Available on any handset, customers have only to send an SMS to 689 with the Skype ID of the person to be contacted. Customers will then be sent a return message with a 10 digit Skype dialing ID Code which can then be stored along with the contacts’ usual details and used thereafter to contact the person when they are online. At a fixed rate of Rs. 1.50+ IDD tax per minute, irrespective of the country called, this new service is a one-stop-shop for convenience and savings for Airtel customers in Sri Lanka when making international calls from their mobile phone.

Suren Goonewardene, CEO – Sri Lanka, Bharti Airtel, commenting on the launch of the service said, “While our customers enjoy the best in class value on international calling tariffs in Sri Lanka, we appreciate that people are apprehensive about using their mobiles to call internationally. This unprecedented value offering allays these fears and liberates our customers from their home computer to enable them to use their Airtel mobile phones to call their contacts regardless of where in the world they may be, and what device they are using.”

Bharti Airtel Lanka commenced commercial operations of services in Sri Lanka on January 12, 2009, and was the fastest operator to reach 1 million customers in Sri Lanka. With its robust network panned out across the country having captured strategic ranking positions across Sri Lanka in less than three years of operations, Airtel has emerged as Sri Lanka’s fastest expanding network. As the 3rd largest in-country mobile operator in the world, Airtel is registered under the Board of Investment in Sri Lanka, Airtel provides digital mobile services into Sri Lanka which includes voice telephony, voice mail, data services and GSM based services. The Company has also received accreditations such as British Standards Institution’s ISO 27001:2005 and BS 25999 -2:2007 for its continuous efforts towards information security and business continuity. To know more please visit, www.airtel.lk

Colombo, November 1st, 2012

The Airtel sponsored 39th Royal Thomian Regatta was worked off recently at the Colombo Rowing Club with the Thomians coming out on top, winning the T. Noel Fernando Memorial Trophy with a final score of 38-14.

The Thomians dominated right from the start, with Sandesh Bartlett winning the first event of the day, the A sculls in a time of 3:43.00. Royal College fought back to win the B sculls and B pairs but were thwarted in the B double sculls once again by Sandesh Bartlett and Thomian captain Sajin De Livera. The Thomians were also victorious in the A Double Sculls and the B Four, while Royal College was victorious in the A Pair. In the final event of the day, the prestigious Boat Race, the Thomian team of Anuradha Nadaraja, Ming-Hua Chang, Ramith Nanayakkara, Sajin De Livera and Kemil Peter emerged victorious in a time of 3:04.00.

This regatta is the annual rowing competition between S. Thomas’ College, Mount Lavinia and Royal College, Colombo 7. The encounter commenced in 1962 as the Royal Thomian Boat Race and this year’s race was the 50th anniversary of the boat race between the 2 schools. The Royal Thomian Regatta is the oldest inter-school rowing regatta in Sri Lanka, with Royal the first school to take up school rowing in the country in 1955.

Colombo, November 1st, 2012

At the Royal-Thomian regatta mini battle worked off at the Colombo Rowing Club recently, Royal College emerged winners, clinching the A Pair, B Double Scull, B Four and A Four events, scoring a total of 32 points. The closely contested mini battle was a hard fought affair, with the boys of both schools putting in their best efforts to win, but with Royal College coming out on top.

The traditional regatta is scheduled to take place on the 27th of October at the Colombo Rowing club and is sponsored by Bharti Airtel Lanka.

MINI BATTLE RESULTS

Event RC Team STC Team Points for the event Side that won
B Scull    Rakith Wickramasekera Shakeel Latiff 2 points STC
A Scull Senal Siriwardena Dhakshika Hennayake 6 Points STC
B Pair Lahiru Herath (Bow)
Keshan Ranasinghe (Stroke)
Ramith Nanayakkara (Bow)
Ming-Hua Chang (Stroke)
4 Points STC
A Pair Chamal Gomes (Bow)
Amrith Fernando (Stroke)
Humaid Hanzar (Boww)
Najman Cassim (Stoke)
8 Points RC
B Double Scull Bhanuka Kirinde (Bow)
Lahiru Herath (Stroke)
Amrith Pieris (Bow)
Jason Dejonk (Stroke)
4 Points RC
A Double Scull Senal Siriwardena (Bow)
Druvinke Pieris (Stroke)
Sandesh Bartlett (Bow)
Sajin De Livera (Stroke)
8 Points STC
B Four Pramod Rajaguru (Bow)
Uvin Siriwardena (Two)
Chamal Gomes (Three)
Amrith Fernando (Stroke)
Azlan Sourjah (Cox)
Adrian De Silva ( Bow)
Akarsha Weerasuriya (Two)
Saliya Gunasekera (Three)
Deshitha Henanayake (Stroke)
Meshach Pieris (Cox)
8 Points RC
A Four Bilal Hassan (Bow)
Randula Kaluhendiwela (Two)
Senal Siriwardena (Three)
Farhaan Jayman (Stroke)
Kaveen Rajapakse (Cox)
Shakir Laffir (Bow)
Dakshika Henanayake (Two)
Humaid Hanzar (Three)
Najman Cassim (Stoke)
Chanuka De Alwis (Cox)
12 Points RC

Royal College Won by 12 points..... Final score - Royal College : S Thomas’ College 32:20

Colombo, October 15th, 2012
Colombo, October 15th, 2012:

Bharti Airtel, a leading global telecommunications company with operations in 20 countries across Asia and Africa, today announced its appointment as principle sponsor of the annual Royal - Thomian Regatta. Airtel Lanka also announced that in addition to being the principle sponsor Airtel Lanka will also bear all costs of organizing the regatta.

This regatta is the annual rowing Competition between S. Thomas’ College, Mount Lavinia and Royal College, Colombo 7. This encounter commenced in 1962 as the Royal Thomian Boat Race. This evolved into a regatta format in 1966 and currently comprises of 8 races. The races are rowed over a distance of 1000 yards and the venue is the Beira Lake in Colombo. This event takes place in the month of October and is usually held on the last Saturday of the month at the Colombo Rowing Club.

The Royal Thomian Regatta is the oldest inter-school rowing regatta in Sri Lanka, with Royal the first school to take up school rowing in the country in 1955. The Boat Race is rowed for the Royal Thomian Boat Race Trophy. The overall winner of the Regatta is awarded the T. Noel Fernando Memorial Trophy.

Commenting about the sponsorship Mr. Suren Goonewardene, CEO / Managing Director, Airtel Lanka said, “We have already established a dominant position as a leading supporter of sports in Sri Lanka and are very pleased to have extended that even further by sponsoring the Royal-Thomian Regatta, the oldest and most prestigious schools rowing tournament in the country. We strongly believe in sports development as it plays a key role in the development of future leaders and role models.”

“We are very happy and grateful to have Airtel Lanka as the sponsor for the Royal-Thomian regatta, which is one of the most prestigious sporting events in the schools calendar,” stated Prof. Indra de Soysa, Warden, S. Thomas’ College, Mount Lavinia. “Airtel Lanka have partnered with S. Thomas’ College on many occasions and our close involvement with them will certainly take our sports to the next level.”

“As the first school to take up rowing in Sri Lanka, we feel indebted to ensure that this great sport is continued for generations to come and corporate,s such as Airtel Lanka stepping in to aid us makes this task much easier for us. We are grateful to them for their assistance and look forward for a productive relationship in the future,” Mr. Upali Gunasekara, the Principal of Royal College, Colombo said.

Airtel Lanka recently made its foray into the field of sports sponsorships through its associations with Rugby, Tennis and Golf. The company thus far has been involved in the development of schools rugby, as evidenced by its sponsorship of S. Thomas’, St. Peter’s and Kingswood College’s Rugby teams as well as the Sri Lanka Navy Rugby team. The company is also the sponsor of the Tennis National Championships and the Colombo Championships and is now extending its reach to rowing. While Airtel Lanka continues to be involved beyond just a mere investment with all its sports sponsorships stakeholders, it is committed to developing local talent to international standards, thus fostering sports to new heights.

Colombo, August 9th, 2012

~ Becomes the most preferred solution provider of international roaming services in Sri Lanka ~
~ Data Roaming is as lowest as 15MB for USD 5 per day ~

  • Voice and data rates slashed to over 100 countries
  • Common rate to all 100 countries – thus no hidden costs
  • Sri Lankan customers could now benefit from the lowest roaming rates possible
  • Applicable for all prepaid and post paid plans
  • Incoming calls while roaming to India and Bangladesh still remains at Rs. 2/-

Roaming the world this summer holidays can now be as relaxing as staying at home. In a first-of-its-kind initiative, Bharti Airtel, a leading global telecommunications company with operations in 20 countries across Asia and Africa, today announced that it would slash down its international roaming rates to over 100 countries along with attractive data packages for its customers in Sri Lanka. Leveraging on its global efficiencies of scale, Airtel Lanka now offers Sri Lanka’s outbound travel population very attractive roaming rates which are the lowest provided by any local telecommunication operator in Sri Lanka.

Under the new offer, all Airtel prepaid and postpaid outbound customers can now enjoy the lowest roaming rates for just Rs. 20 per minute on voice calls. For data services, 15 MB of data will cost just US$ 5 per day, which is also the lowest rates offered by any operator in the country. Incoming calls while on roaming in India and Bangladesh will continue to cost a mere Rs. 2 per minute.

The new rates will apply to all Middle Eastern countries as well as the Maldives, Switzerland, Japan, Australia, the Netherlands, France, UK, Italy, USA, Singapore, Malaysia, Canada, Thailand among others. This is expected to bring about significant benefits to Sri Lankan customers as several of these countries are the most travelled destinations.

Speaking about the new and attractive roaming rates, Suren Goonewardene, CEO – Sri Lanka, Bharti Airtel said, “With Bharti Airtel’s agility to optimise global synergies across its international operations, we are uniquely poised to deliver significant economies of scale for customer benefit and delight. With this further reduction in roaming rates and attractive data rates we hope to better serve the ever increasing number of Sri Lankans travelling abroad.

The new roaming rates will be available for customers to enjoy and benefit till the 30th of September 2012 - a period that is considered as peak for outbound travel.

Bharti Airtel Lanka commenced commercial operations of services in Sri Lanka on January 12, 2009, and was the fastest operator to reach 1 million customers in Sri Lanka. With its robust network panned out across the country having captured strategic ranking positions across Sri Lanka in less than three years of operations, Airtel has emerged as Sri Lanka’s fastest expanding network. As the 3rd largest in-country mobile operator in the world, Airtel is registered under the Board of Investment in Sri Lanka, Airtel provides digital mobile services into Sri Lanka which includes voice telephony, voice mail, data services and GSM based services. The Company has also received accreditations such as British Standards Institution’s ISO 27001:2005 and BS 25999 -2:2007 for its continuous efforts towards information security and business continuity. To know more please visit, www.airtel.lk

Colombo, August 28th, 2012

  • Ideal package for students, business and holiday travelers
  • Benefit of using ‘one number’ within all countries
  • Incoming and outgoing calls in India and Bangladesh at Rs. 2 per minute

Bharti Airtel, a leading global telecommunications company with operations in 20 countries across Asia and Africa, today announced a further reduction of rates when roaming in India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, hot on the heels of Airtel slashing roaming rates to over 100 countries recently.

Under the new offer, local customer travelling to either India or Bangladesh will be billed for incoming calls at only Rs. 2 while outgoing calls made to either India or Bangladesh (while roaming within the two respective countries) will also cost just Rs. 2. Outgoing calls to Sri Lanka will cost Rs. 18 per minute while SMS to any country costs a mere Rs. 7/-.

“Leveraging on our global efficiencies of scale, Airtel Lanka is now in the unique position to offer Sri Lanka’s outbound travelers the lowest roaming rates provided by any local telecommunication operator in Sri Lanka. Roaming calls to India and Bangladesh have been further slashed thus making the region the most affordable for roaming,” Suren Goonewardene, CEO – Sri Lanka, Bharti Airtel said.

Earlier this month, Airtel Lanka slashed roaming rates to the Middle Eastern countries as well as the Maldives, Switzerland, Japan, Australia, the Netherlands, France, UK, Italy, USA, Singapore, Malaysia, Canada and Thailand among many other countries thus passing on the benefit to customers who travelled out of Sri Lanka. This move has brought about significant benefits to Sri Lankan customers who travel frequently to these countries for business and holiday purposes. It has also been a great boon for Sri Lankan students who travel overseas and live in these countries – resulting in a ‘one number’ cost effective method for them to stay in touch with their loved ones within their residing countries and back at home.

Bharti Airtel Lanka commenced commercial operations of services in Sri Lanka on January 12, 2009, and was the fastest operator to reach 1 million customers in Sri Lanka. With its robust network panned out across the country having captured strategic ranking positions across Sri Lanka in less than three years of operations, Airtel has emerged as Sri Lanka’s fastest expanding network. As the 3rd largest in-country mobile operator in the world, Airtel is registered under the Board of Investment in Sri Lanka, Airtel provides digital mobile services into Sri Lanka which includes voice telephony, voice mail, data services and GSM based services. The Company has also received accreditations such as British Standards Institution’s ISO 27001:2005 and BS 25999 -2:2007 for its continuous efforts towards information security and business continuity. To know more please visit, www.airtel.lk

All the retailers are welcomed with a gift
Retailers at the event

Airtel Lanka recently held their annual retailer awards night 2012 to reward their loyal retailers for outstanding performances and achievement of set targets throughout the last year.

Retailers at the event

The ceremony was held at the Oak Room of the Cinnamon Grand Hotel in Colombo - a mega celebration which saw the participation of over 600 people which included retailers, distributors, field sales executives and staff members.

Retailers with their awards and prizes
Sharan Shetty - Head of Sales & Marketing, Bharti Airtel Lanka, A. Kannan - Chief Service Officer

While all retailers and distributors were appreciated with a gift (Nokia phones) for their valuable contribution, over 120 performance related awards were given out to retailers across the country.

Sharan Shetty - Head of Sales & Marketing, Bharti Airtel Lanka, Anouchka Pathirana – Head of Huma
Sharan Shetty - Head of Sales & Marketing, Bharti Airtel Lanka, R Thyagarajan – Director & Chief
Top Retail Performer – Winners with Head of Sales and Marketing – Mr Sharan Shetty
Top Retail Performers- 1st runners up with Head of Sales and Marketing – Mr Sharan Shetty
Colombo, 27th September, 2012
  • Launches ‘Click and Win’ cash-back promotion; three consumers stand a chance to win Nokia 808 PureView smartphone each
    • Bharti Airtel, a leading global telecommunications company with operations in 20 countries across Asia and Africa, today announced the launch of the new Nokia 808 PureView smartphone with revolutionary 41 MP sensor with superior Carl Zeiss optics and Dolby Headphones and Dolby Digital Plus technology, bundled with a special competition for all customers of Airtel Lanka who purchase the new smartphone from any Airtel Brand shop or authorized Softlogic distributors located across the island.

      Under this scheme, Airtel Lanka will offer the smartphone and a special pre/post paid connection package packed with free voice, SMS and data. Consumers who purchase this package will be automatically entitled to participate in the competition which would see the cost of purchasing the phone being wiped out completely.

      The competition titled ‘click and win,’ requires consumers to capture any place or moment from their new Nokia 808 PureView smartphone and post it on the Airtel Lanka Facebook page on/before October 30, 2012. Three winning entries will selected by an eminent photographer and the winners will get reimbursed the entire cost of purchasing their Nokia 808 PureView smartphone.

      “At Airtel Lanka we constantly seek to delight consumers by offering them the latest technology, products and services, backed by our superior after sales service and extensive customer service outlets located across the country,” said Suren Goonewardene, CEO/MD of Airtel Lanka. “In this instance not only are we offering consumers one of the most technologically advanced smartphones but we are also giving three lucky customers a chance to obtain this device free of charge through a very simple competition.”

      “We are very happy and proud to launch this product today with Airtel Lanka,” stated Ashish Kohli, Nokia Business Manager Sri Lanka. “This strategic tie up marks our first venture into the smartphone market and we are proud to partner with Airtel Lanka for it. Nokia has always been known for its imaging legacy. Nokia 808 PureView stands for industry leading innovation – it represents Nokia’s highest level of smartphone imaging experiences and marries it effectively with Dolby’s cinematic sound experience, resulting in a smartphone that has set new standards in mobile technology. We are confident that consumers will love this smartphone””

      The Rs. 499 Post paid smart phone plan comes with 75 Airtel to Airtel minutes, 75 Airtel to other operator minutes, 100 SMS’s and 2 GB of data per month, free for the first six months. The pre paid plan comes with 1000 Airtel to Airtel SMS’s, Rs. 100 worth of calls to any network and 3GB of data every month. The customer has to recharge Rs. 500 every month to receive this benefit.

      Key Photographic/Video Specifications

      • 41 MP sensor
      • 1/1.2" CMOS sensor, pixel size: 1.4um
      • ISO 80-1600 (+ auto)
      • Five white balance presets (including auto)
      • Exposure compensation +/-4EV in 0.3EV steps
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Colombo, August 8th, 2012

Suren Goonewardene, CEO/MD, Airtel Lanka lights the ceremonial oil lamp to mark the opening of the new Airtel Lanka corporate office at the World Trade Centre, in the presence of Sunil Bharti Mittal, Chairman and Managing Director, Bharti Airtel (centre) and Vineet Taneja, Operations Director South and Sri Lanka, Bharti Airtel (right).

Sunil Bharti Mittal, Chairman and Managing Director, Bharti Airtel inaugrating the new Airtel Lanka corporate office at the World Trade Centre, in the presence of Suren Goonewardene, CEO/MD, Airtel Lanka (right) and Vineet Taneja, Operations Director South and Sri Lanka, Bharti Airtel (second from left).

Bharti Airtel, a leading global telecommunications company with operations in 20 countries across Asia and Africa, today announced that the corporate office of Airtel Lanka would gain a new identity through its relocation to the spacious corporate hub of Colombo, the World Trade Centre (WTC).

In a move to offer greater convenience and ease of access, as well as to enhance its corporate profile, Airtel Lanka’s new corporate office will be located on the 10th and 11th floors, West Tower of the WTC in a more spacious and luxurious setting. The new office was ceremoniously declared open by Sunil Bharti Mittal, Chairman and Managing Director, Bharti Airtel Limited and Suren Goonewardene, CEO/MD of Airtel Lanka amidst a large gathering of staff and other well wishers.

Speaking at the opening Goonewardene said, “I warmly welcome all our staff to our new plush office and hope that the shifting of our premises to a more luxurious and spacious environment would encourage innovation, inculcate radical thinking and motivate every single one of us to strive for greater heights in terms of revenue, customer service, efficiency and productivity. I believe with the transformation of our corporate office, we will continue to revolutionize the telecommunication industry in a more positive and productive way while still maintaining our basics of being alive, inclusive and respectful of all the needs of our various stakeholders. We believe in these virtues and thus will continue playing our game the ethical way”

Airtel Lanka has prided itself as being a catalyst of change in Sri Lanka’s telecommunications industry, as its arrival into the local market in January 2009 paved the way for a new and interesting chapter in the history of Sri Lankan telecommunication. As the 5th and final entrant into a highly competitive and dynamic industry, the launch of several new services changed the way the local telecom business operated. These included the lowest rates for voice services, per second billing, the lowest IDD rates along with the the concept of no hidden costs - all of which contributed to making telecommunication services cheaper and more accessible to all Sri Lankans.

With an investment of over $300 million in its Sri Lanka operations, Airtel Lanka have set up over 1500 base stations island wide to support its 2G network. The company further announced that it would continue to increase its 3G data coverage while continuing to aggressively expand its total network coverage by further increasing its number of towers. Airtel will also convert all its networks to HSPA+ technology and plans on changing its systems and processes to the latest technology - a move expected to greatly benefit customers, as access to products and services becomes both easier and faster. Earlier this year, Airtel was ranked as the fastest mobile broadband provider by the Telecommunication Regulatory Commission of Sri Lanka and has continued to be the leaders in terms of speed in mobile broadband to date.

Airtel has also received many accreditations such as the British Standards Institution’s ISO 27001:2005 and BS 25999 -2:2007 for its information security and business continuity practices in Sri Lanka. The organization’s HR practices was also recognized to be amongst the best in Sri Lanka at the recently concluded HRM awards 2012 when it secured a silver award against a contingent of 79 other renowned corporates in the country. Airtel frontline's strategies and market instincts were also commended when Airtel Sales Team prized the Gold and Bronze awards in the Best Area Manager category within the Telecommunication Sector at the NASCO awards, which was held recently.

Another area of great interest for Airtel Lanka is the field of sports and sports sponsorships as seen recently through its various associations with Rugby and Tennis. The company thus far has been involved in the development of schools rugby, as evidenced by its sponsorship of S. Thomas’, St. Peter’s and Kingswood College’s Rugby teams as well as the Sri Lanka Navy Rugby team. The company further announced its association with the Western Province Schools Rugby Football Association along with the sponsorship of its annual tournament. While Airtel Lanka continues to be involved beyond just a mere investment with all its sports sponsorships stakeholders, it is committed to developing local talent to international standards, thus fostering school sports to new heights as well as contributing actively towards the positive development of youth in Sri Lanka. To know more please visit, www.airtel.lk

Colombo, 1st March 2012

  • Successfully concludes network upgrade project in 250 plus locations
  • Targets offering seamless high speed data connectivity for customers across the country
  • Bharti Airtel, a leading global telecommunications company with operations in 19 countries across Asia and Africa, today announced the completion of a comprehensive network upgrade exercise across 250 plus sites across Colombo and greater Colombo. As part of this 6 month project, Airtel deployed robust and world class network infrastructure and equipment – thus continuing to strengthen its customers’ high speed data connectivity experience. Testimonial of the company’s consistent efforts towards enhancing its network capabilities, Telecommunications Regulatory Commission of Sri Lanka recently acknowledged Airtel as number one in speed test results among all mobile broadband providers in the country for 3 consecutive months.

    “Our new HSPA+ network infrastructure uses cutting edge technology, which is designed to deliver a world class data experience for our customers in Sri Lanka. We are confident that this network upgrade will empower our customers with high speed and seamless access to data services – thus allowing them to enjoy the best online experience across a host of activities including emailing, downloading, uploading, LIVE streaming, social networking etc. We at Airtel remain committed towards further enhancing our network presence across Sri Lanka and continue to work towards new ways of delivering a seamless network experience for our customers”, said Suren Goonewardene, CEO – Sri Lanka, Bharti Airtel.

    More information on the January 2012 benchmarking by Telecommunication Regulatory Commission of Sri Lanka are available at: www.trc.gov.lk/broadband/251-broadband-speed-test-results-February-2012.htm

Colombo, August 23, 2012

Airtel frontline's strategies and market instincts were commended when Airtel Sales Team WON two awards at the prestigious NASCO awards (one of the main events of the Sri Lanka Institute of Marketing calendar), which recognizes sales excellence by rewarding some of the best sales personnel in the country

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Bharti Airtel, a leading global telecommunications company with operations in 20 countries across Asia and Africa, today announced that two of its Area Managers attached to Airtel Lanka were adjudged winners in the Telecommunications category at the recently concluded SLIM NASCO awards 2012.

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Airtel prized the Gold and Bronze awards in the Telecommunication sector in the best Area Manager Category. The gold was won by Raamathilagar Maruthanayagam (Raam) and the bronze by Ravi Kumara. Raam who is currently the Territory Manager for Tirincomalee and Batticaloa was also shortlisted for the best Overall Area Manager

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Commenting on their achievement Suren Goonewardene, CEO – Sri Lanka, Bharti Airtel said, “We couldn’t be more proud that two of our Area Managers have won this distinction at a national level and we hope that their success will motivate all other sales personnel to strive for sales excellence. I offer my congratulations to Raam and Ravi and hope they keep up the excellent work.”

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SLIM NASCO 2012 - the premier event in Sri Lanka that recognizes sales excellence and rewards and motivates sales professionals to achieve greater heights, gave out awards to over 10 industrial categories and all Area Managers, Sales Reps and Sales Executives were entitled to participate. The event saw over 207 participants vying for honours this year.

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Bharti Airtel Lanka commenced commercial operations of services in Sri Lanka on January 12, 2009, and was the fastest operator to reach 1 million customers in Sri Lanka. With its robust network coverage across the country and having captured strategic ranking positions across Sri Lanka in less than three years of operations, Airtel has emerged as Sri Lanka’s fastest expanding network. As the 3rd largest in-country mobile operator in the world, Airtel is registered under the Board of Investment in Sri Lanka, Airtel provides digital mobile services into Sri Lanka which includes voice telephony, voice mail, data services and GSM based services. The Company has also received accreditations such as British Standards Institution’s ISO 27001:2005 and BS 25999 -2:2007 for its continuous efforts towards information security and business continuity. For further information, please visit, www.airtel.lk

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Colombo, April 23, 2012
  • This unique service allows Airtel mobile customers across Sri Lanka to communicate their mood or leave a relevant message for callers when occupied or unable to take incoming calls
  • Airtel mobile customers in Sri Lanka can now dial *751# to activate this service and select a status message from a range of messages available in three languages
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On the road and can’t get to your cell phone? Engrossed in an important meeting and don’t want to be disturbed by calls? Out of town for a holiday and want to enjoy the break with friends and family uninterrupted? Worry no more – subscribe to the all new ‘My Airtel Status’ service and leave a customized message for yours callers! Bharti Airtel, a leading global telecommunications company with operations in 20 countries across Asia and Africa, has now launched ‘My Airtel Status’ as a unique service which empowers users to select a relevant status message and inform callers of them being preoccupied or unable to take calls at that particular point in time.

“At Airtel, it is our constant endeavor to introduce services that are innovative, relevant and affordable for our customers across Sri Lanka. Now available for Airtel mobile customers across Sri Lanka, the unique ‘My Airtel Status’ service is key to allowing customers to communicate their moods, schedules and manage their incoming calls in a manner more efficient, effective and customized to their needs. Specifically given the current social times when customers like to keep their friends, family and peers updated - we are confident that Airtel customers across Sri Lanka will see great value from subscribing to a service like ‘My Airtel Status’ which will allow them to select personalized status message and let their social circle know of what’s keeping them busy,” said Suren Goonewardene, CEO – Sri Lanka, Bharti Airtel.

Airtel mobile customers in Sri Lanka can now dial *751# to activate this service and select a given status/mood message from a range of messages available in all three languages (Sinhala, Tamil and English) for an activating price of Rs 5 + taxes. Once a status is activated the customer will receive a confirmation SMS and then callers will hear the status instead of the ring or the existing song of the customer.

Colombo, March 21st, 2012
  • Update your current situation and mood on your Airtel mobile phone for all callers to hear for a mere Rs. 5+ tax
  • Airtel mobile customers can Dial *751# to activate ‘My Airtel Service’

Bharti Airtel, a leading global telecommunications company with operations in 19 countries across Asia and Africa, today announced the launch of a new service whereby Airtel customers can set a status on their mobile phone, just like on any social networking site, so that callers are informed of their status when they call without the user having to physically answer the call. This exciting value added service (VAS) ‘Welcome Tunes: My Airtel Service’ has been made available for Airtel mobile consumers in all three languages – English, Sinhala and Tamil.

Through this unique service, Airtel customers could avoid answering the phone while driving, evade being interrupted while spending quality time with friends and family or being disturbed while at an important official meeting simply by setting their mood status appropriately on their mobile phone. .

Announcing this launch, Suren Goonewardene, CEO – Sri Lanka, Bharti Airtel said, “Airtel has always been in the forefront in offering customers new products and services that focus on being original, stylish and essential for a modern lifestyle. With this service, Airtel customers can now display over 50 different status messages which callers will hear when they call a user. In this day and age where social media and expression of one’s mood and feeling is the hottest trend, this service will allow our customers to stay ‘social’ without needing a computer.” .

Customers can dial *751# and activate a given status and if at any time the customer wishes to de-activate the status, it can be done by dialing *751# and selecting the de-activation option. Once a status is activated the customer will receive a confirmation SMS and then callers will hear the status instead of the ring or the existing song of the customer. Activating a status is priced at just Rs.5+ tax. .

Colombo, December 27, 2011

With every reload or bill payment worth Rs. 100 or more, prepaid and postpaid Airtel mobile customers will be eligible to participate in a periodical lucky draw that will allow 5 winners to win a million each

Bharti Airtel, a leading global telecommunications company with operations in 19 countries across Asia and Africa, today launched an exciting initiative for its customers in Sri Lanka --- ‘Become a millionaire friend for just Rs 100’. As part of this, prepaid and postpaid Airtel mobile customers, upon topping up their account or paying a bill worth Rs. 100 or more will be awarded a chance to participate in the millionaire lucky draw. Depending on the amount the customer pays, in multiples of 100, he would be entitled to multiple chances of eligibility. Between now and 7th March 2012, five lucky draws will be held on a fortnightly basis – randomly choosing an Airtel mobile customer from each draw and he/she will get the opportunity of a lifetime to win Rs 1 million overnight.

“At Airtel, we are constantly looking for ways to excite our customers. With this in mind, we have introduced this innovative offer that will provide every Airtel customer the chance of a lifetime to win a million --- every time they reload their Airtel accounts or make bill payments. We look forward to creating many more of such opportunities to reward our customers in Sri Lanka”, said Sharan Shetty, Head – Sales & Marketing, Bharti Airtel Sri Lanka.

All the winners of the lucky draw contest will be informed through voice / SMS and will be given a cheque of the complete winning amount upon providing necessary documents.

Colombo January 25, 2012

Amidst a ceremony held for retailers by Bharti Airtel Lanka for its retailers, a customer hailing from Batticaloa was declared the first winner of the Airtel Millionaire Promotion.

As part of the promotion, prepaid and postpaid Airtel mobile customers, upon topping up their account or paying a bill worth Rs. 100 or more were awarded a chance to participate in the millionaire lucky draw. Four more draws will also be held fortnightly, rewarding customers with Rs. 1 million each.

Mr. K. Sivalingam from the village of Marapalem in the Senkaladi area of Batticaloa, a village that is deprived of even basic infrastructure facilities was picked as the first of the 5 winners of this promotion and had his prize handed over to him at the Batticaloa Airtel Store. The ceremony was held in the presence of Mr. Selvarasa, the Manager of the store and other government officials.

Colombo February 16, 2012

Bharti Airtel, a leading global telecommunications company with operations in 19 countries across Asia and Africa, declared the second winner of the Airtel Millionaire Promotion as a post paid loyal customer hailing from Nawalapitiya. He was awarded the cheque for a million rupees at a ceremony held at the Gampola Airtel Store.

As part of the promotion, prepaid and postpaid Airtel mobile customers, upon topping up their account or paying a bill worth Rs. 100 or more were awarded a chance to participate in the millionaire lucky draw. While the first winner hailed from Batticaloa, three more draws will also be held fortnightly, rewarding customers with Rs. 1 million each.

Mr. Sellaiya Pradeepan from Nalwalapitiya is currently employed as an accounts assistant in an organization operating in Nawalapitiya. Being the youngest from a family of five members, his passion was always to start up his own business. With this prize, Mr. Pradeepan hopes to start up his own business and help his family enjoy a better lifestyle.

Colombo March 06, 2012

A soldier from the sixth Vijayaba Infantry has been given an opportunity to build his own house simply by being an Airtel Lanka customer and taking part in a promotion that has already seen two other millionaires made, hailing from different walks of life.

Keerthi Chamila Kumara Lansakkara, a 22 year old youth from Mawathagama in the Kurunegala district couldn’t believe it when he was informed that he was the third winner of Airtel Lanka’s Millionaire promotion whereby five lucky customers stand a chance to win one million rupees every fortnight.

The young soldier said that he would use his winnings to build a house for himself and his family. He said he spends his time riding his bicycle and texting his friends.

Speaking about the promotion the CEO of Airtel Lanka Suren Goonewardene said, “At Airtel Lanka we are committed to taking care of our customers no matter what part of the country they live in. This promotion is one such way in which we have contributed to the betterment of five lucky customers’ lives and we hope to be able to make a significant improvement to the lives of many more of our loyal customers in future.”

As part of the promotion, prepaid and postpaid Airtel mobile customers, upon topping up their account or paying a bill worth Rs. 100 or more were awarded a chance to participate in the millionaire lucky draw.

Depending on the amount the customer pays, in multiples of 100, he/she would be entitled to multiple chances of eligibility. Two more lucky draws will be held on a fortnightly basis – randomly choosing an Airtel mobile customer from each draw and he/she will get the opportunity of a lifetime to win Rs 1 million overnight.

Colombo, 26 January, 2012

Aimed at delighting soccer fans across Sri Lanka, this partnership will give Airtel mobile customers access to a host of benefits including exclusive mobile content, ‘money-cant-buy’ match experiences & more!

Bharti Airtel, a leading global telecommunications company with operations in 19 countries across Asia and Africa, today announced that it has tied up with Manchester United Football Club to bring a variety of benefits for Airtel’s soccer loving customers in Sri Lanka. These exciting benefits will provide Airtel mobile customers in the country with access to exciting benefits like exclusive mobile content, ‘money-cant-buy’ match experiences & more! The announcement was made by Airtel spokesperson Bharat Bambawale, Director – Global Brand, Bharti Airtel in the presence of Manchester United legends Bryan Robson and Dwight Yorke at a press conference held in Colombo earlier today.

“Manchester United is a powerful global brand that enjoys a cult following across the world - and we are today excited to announce our association with the club for our football loving customers in Sri Lanka. Football is seeing an increasing interest amongst youth population across Asia and the same fervor and excitement towards this contemporary sport can be seen in Sri Lanka as well. Through our tie up with Manchester United in this market, we look forward to bringing millions of soccer fans in Sri Lanka closer to the action packed world of football”, he continued.

Commenting on the occasion, Ricki Thussu, Relationship Director Manchester United said, “We at Manchester United are delighted to be here and kick off this exciting association with Airtel. This partnership between Manchester United and Airtel is symbolic of collaboration two global brands – both known to be among the best in their respective fields – coming together for their common passion for soccer. We are delighted to announce the foray of this association with Airtel in Sri Lanka and look forward to connecting with fans across the country”

As part of this association, Airtel customers across Sri Lanka will get exclusive access to exciting and rich Manchester United football content on their Airtel mobile phones. In addition Airtel customers will also get an opportunity to watch football matches at Old Trafford and travel to Europe to watch Manchester United play the UEFA Champions League.

Kick starting this partnership’s initiatives, Airtel will be showcasing the English Premier League (EPL) trophy for football fans from 26th January 2012 to 27th January 2012 at various customer touch points such as Excel World, Majestic City and the Kalutara Football Stadium. A Limited Edition value pack with special Value Added Services (VAS) comprising of exciting Manchester United mobile content such as, welcome tune and football SMS alert will also be launched for customers in Sri Lanka. Airtel customers purchasing this pack also stand a chance to win ‘a once in a lifetime, money can’t buy’ trip to Old Trafford, to watch Manchester United play.

Colombo, February 24 2012
  • Sri Lanka’s first ever ‘Music Magic’ card offers 200 minutes of uninterrupted music in English, Sinhala, Tamil and Hindi for just Rs. 79/-
  • Airtel mobile customers can scratch the PIN and dial *789*PIN*1# to load music

Colombo, February 24 2012:, Bharti Airtel, a leading global telecommunications company with operations in 19 countries across Asia and Africa, today announced the launch of ‘Music Magic Card,’ an exciting value added services (VAS) for its mobile customers in Sri Lanka. This is the first time a service of this nature has been made available for Sri Lankan consumers at over 40,000 retail channel partners across the island. Whether it is English, Sinhala, Tamil or Hindi music, over 1000 songs are now available on Airtel’s all new Music Magic Card. With time, more and latest music will be added into the Music Magic Card collection --- thus allowing Airtel mobile customers the convenience of enjoying a radio-like experience listening to their favourite music on their mobile phones – anytime, anywhere.

Announcing this launch, Mr. Sharan Shetty – Head - Sales and Marketing, Airtel Sri Lanka stated “Airtel continues to set the trend by launching new products and services that focuses on giving customers offerings that are innovative, current and relevant for them. With this new initiative, Airtel Customers across the island can now listen, enjoy and experience 200 minutes of uninterrupted music without taking a strain on their monthly bill. The minutes loaded into their phones could be used all in one-go or in parts as and when needed. Therefore by experiencing this, Airtel customers could chill, relax and rejuvenate anytime, anywhere under any circumstances”.

Airtel mobile customers can now purchase the ‘Music Magic Card’ at an affordable price of Rs. 79/-, scratch the PIN and dial *789*PIN*1# to receive 200 minutes of uninterrupted music time on their phones. Airtel ‘Music Magic’ cards are now readily available for purchase and can be used to enjoy music on any type of mobile phone or brand.

Colombo May 15, 2012

Airtel Lanka recently entered into a partnership with Kingwood College, Kandy whereby Airtel would sponsor the schools’ Rugby team for a period of 2 years. Kingswood College created history by introducing Rugby to Sri Lanka in 1891 under the guidance of the school’s founder L. E. Blaze. In 1906, the first ever match between two schools were played between Kingswood College and Trinity College. The match ended in a draw. The pictures show scenes from an event held to mark Airtel’s sponsorship of the school.

Suren Goonewardene, CEO/MD, Bharti Airtel Lanka hands over a jersey to the Kingswood 1st XV Rugby captain Chamila Abeygunaratne in the presence of Ranjith Chandrasekera, Principal of Kingswood College and Charith De Chickera, Head - Brands and Communication, Bharti Airtel Lanka.

Members of the Kingswood Rugby team line up to receive their jerseys from Kuhamoorthy Mayooran, Manager – Merchandising and Visibility, Bharti Airtel Lanka.

Suren Goonewardene, CEO/MD, Bharti Airtel, Ranjith Chandrasekera, Principal of Kingswood College, Charith De Chickera, Head - Brands and Communication, Bharti Airtel Lanka, Priyantha Gunaratne, the school’s coach and M. R. Anoja Mallawarachchi with the school’s 1st XI pool.

Suren Goonewardene, CEO/MD, Bharti Airtel and Charith De Chickera, Head - Brands and Communication, Bharti Airtel Lanka being greeted by the Kingswood rugby team.

Colombo, Wednesday, 25th April 2012

Bharti Airtel Lanka recently announced its partnership of being the Official Bronze Sponsor of this year’s HRM Awards which is scheduled to be held on the 31st July 2012 at Cinnamon Grand Colombo. This is the first time that Airtel Lanka has ventured into sponsorship of an awards ceremony and it is fitting that its first is the HRM Awards 2012 given Airtel Lanka’s commitment to best HR practices.

The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed between Bharti Airtel Lanka’s Chief Executive Officer/Managing Director Suren Goonewardene, and President, Human Resources Professionals Gayathri Chakravarthy. Also standing as witnesses to the signing (in the picture from L-R) was Paduma Subasinghe – Senior Manager, Employee Engagement & Talent Development, Bharti Airtel Lanka, Anouchka Pathirana - Head of Human Resources, Bharti Airtel Lanka and Asitha Jayatunga Vice President Association of Human Resource Professionals and Chairman HRM Awards 2012.

The HRM Awards 2012 was officially launched on the 24th January 2012 with a media conference at Cinnamon Grand Colombo. HRP has taken the initiative to invite the Public Sector to take part in the this years’ competition thus, creating a special category introducing 3 special gold awards and 3 silver awards while the Private Sector will compete for 10 Gold and 10 Silver Awards.

HRM Awards 2012 is conducted in partnership with AON Hewitt India, the largest human resource consulting group in the world and would benchmark the Human Resource Management in Sri Lanka with internationally accepted guidelines creating value to participating institutions. The HRM Awards 2012 would select, recognize, and felicitate the best organizations that practice effective HRM methods and techniques both in the private and public sectors. Widely considered a prestigious accolade that honours the passion and commitment of organisations whose innovative thinking and strategies have broken new ground in human resource management, being ranked as one of the “HR Super 10” organizations, is considered one of the top honours in the corporate world. HRM Awards 2012 will be held on the 31st July 2012 at Cinnamon Grand Colombo.

The Learning Conference will be held on the 18th May 2012 at Waters Edge Capital City. The aim of the Learning Conference is to create a knowledge platform that enhances the perspective of key decision makers who influence the human resource of an organization. The Learning Conference also brings into focus the best practices unearthed from the awards evaluation criteria over the last few years. It also discusses topics of relevance to managing human talent in the present global and local context and will create a platform for business leaders, CEO, CFOs and Human Resource Professionals to deliberate and discuss how HR drives the bottom line creating sustainable growth for organisations under an apt theme “The Axiom Revolution.